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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
1. In Middle English
Barry Windeatt's 1984 edition of Troilus and Criseyde is available from the University of Michigan's Humanities Text Initiative website (but without the critical apparatus). Fully searchable and indexed by book in ten-stanza increments, or the full text in html. Windeatt's edition is also available from the University of Virginia's E-Text Archive.
The venerable W. W. Skeat's 1900 edition of Troilus and Criseyde is available from the Online Medieval & Classical Library (but without the critical apparatus) (Douglas B. Killings, Berkeley). Fully searchable and indexed by book.
Project Gutenberg's Middle English text of Troilus and Criseyde was also prepared by Douglas B. Killings, but lacks line numbers and critical apparatus. Adaptations of Killing's Project Gutenberg text are widely available but these are best avoided in favor of Windeatt, Skeat, and Killing's OMACL version.
Mark Zimmerman's Encyclopedia Index site offer another version of the Project Gutenberg Troilus and Criseyde text, lightly annotated through hypertextual links from the Encyclopedia of the Self.
2. In Modern English Translation
Michael Murphy continues his project to create a reader-friendly Chaucer with his two versions (abbreviated and unabbreviated) of Troilus and Criseyde in modern English. Read Murphy's Introduction for a discussion of his philosophy of translation.
All of Murphy's texts require Adobe Acrobat Reader, the free .pdf file reader.
Tony Kline's (no relation to the author of this page) modernized version of Troilus and Criseyde "aims to provide a readable and accessible modernization of the poem while preserving Chaucer's rhymes and diction wherever possible, at the same time eliminating all archaic words which would require marginal notes to explain." In Kline's rendering:
Kline's text, with a few hypertext notes dealing with historical and cultural figures, is also available for download.
3. Historical & Cultural Backgrounds
The Knighthood, Chivalry, & Tournaments Resource Library (Steve Muhlenberger, John Chamberlain, Leslie Lieder, and Brian R. Price) is a veritable cornucopia of digital materials related to all forms of the chivalric life, including resources for re-enactors.
4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
Study Guide for Ovid: The Art of Love, with selections from Ovid's Amores and Ars Amatoria by Rolfe Humphries (Paul Brians, Washington State). Ovid deeply influenced Chaucer and other medieval poets, particularly in their views of love relationships.
5. Online Notes & Commentary
Read John Michael Crafton's review of Helen Ruth Andretta, Chaucer's "Troilus and Criseyde": A Poet's Response to Ockhamism (New York: Peter Lang, 1997) at the Tübingen Review of English Studies website.
6. Online Articles
Read George Saintsbury's essay on Troilus and Criseyde from eighteen volume The Cambridge History of British and American Literature (1907-21).
Essays in Medieval Studies, full-text articles from the proceedings of the Illinois Medieval Association, edited by Allen J. Frantzen (Loyola - Chicago). Articles concerning Troilus and Criseyde include:
John Micheal Crafton reviews Helen Ruth Andretta, Chaucer's "Troilus and Criseyde": A Poet's Response to Ockhamism (New York: Peter Lang, 1997).
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.
Mark Allen and John H. Fisher, The Essential Chaucer (London: GK Hall and Mansell, 1987) "is a selective, annotated bibliography of Chaucer studies from 1900-1984" and is a good starting point for work on the Troilus. Here is a deep-linked table of contents of the entries:
10. Images & Multimedia
A small reproduction of the famous image of Chaucer presenting Troilus and Criseyde to the court of Richard II. See another reproduction at Jane Zatta's Chaucer page.
A manuscript page of Troilus and Criseyde (2.22-25, "in forme of speche is chaunge")--Pierpont Morgan Library ms M 817, 17v.
11. Language Helps & Audio Files
Linda Voigts (UMissouri-Kansas City) reads Book V (lines 1786-1841)
of Troilus and Criseyde.
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