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Chaucer: The Electronic
Web Resources by Tale
Fragment II / Group B1
Additional Pages in The Electronic Canterbury Tales
Need Teaching Ideas &
Complete Online Versions of the
Tale of Sir Thopas
1. In Middle English
The General Prologue at the UVa Electronic Text Center.
Read the Tale of Sir Thopas in the context of Fragment VII - Group B2
2. In Modern English Translation
The Litrix Reading Room translation of the Canterbury Tales features rhyming couplets.
Sinan Kökbugur's helpfully glossed hypertext Middle English rendition of the complete Canterbury Tales is available at the Librarius page. Use the Table of Contents in the left frame to click on a specific Tale, and difficult terms and phrases are glossed in the lower frame.
3. Historical & Cultural Backgrounds
4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
TEAMS Middle English Text Series (Russell Peck, URochester) houses a number of lesser known and hard to find medieval texts in helpful student editions. A generous and fascinating selection not to be missed! Each selection includes a scholarly introduction and full notes.
Chaucer's Sir Thopas is a tail-rhyme romance, ultimately incomplete and hilariously unsuccessful, modeled after the popular romances of the later Middle Ages. In a way, they were the pulp fiction of their day. TEAMS has made available a number of these popular but lesser known medieval romances, including:
"All TEAMS texts are under copyright, whether in hard copy or in electronic form. The on-line texts provided here are meant for individual use only. To download and make multiple copies for course use, you must have permission from the managing editor of Medieval Institute Publications."
A number of commentators have noted the childlike quality of Thopas and his Tale. The medieval period has itself become the subject of a number of children's books. Edward T. Sullivan has compiled several bibliographies devoted to this literature (UT-Knoxville).
5. Online Notes & Commentary
Discussion and links concerning the Prologue and Tale of Sir Thopas on Larry D. Benson's superlative Geoffrey Chaucer Page (Harvard). Includes e-texts of scholarly essays, sources and ancillary texts, and capsule discussions of key issues. Some of the items related to the Summoner's Tale include:
6. Online Essays & Books
7. Student Projects & Essays
Anniina Jokkinen's Essays and Articles on Chaucer includes a number of sample student essays, of varying quality. Like any other source, student essays must be evaluated rigorously, cited correctly, and used responsibly.
10. Images & Multimedia
11. Language Helps & Audio Files
Sample audio files (.wav, .au, .aiff) from the Tale of Sir Thopas, recorded at the 6th International Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 1988, are available from the Chaucer Studio (Paul Thomas, Brigham Young).
13. The Next Step
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