E4 Context Resources

British Literature Module 4.2

British Literature- Excellence in Literature: English 4Study Guide: British Literature (Excellence in Literature, English 4)

Focus Text: Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

NOTE: This is an epic poem, created to be heard. I strongly recommend listening to it, or at least a portion of it. Blackstone Audiobook: http://amzn.to/2rdwihe

Choose a good annotated version such as the Modern Library Classics version shown at left and read the portions assigned in the text.*

http://www.librarius.com/cantales.htm

*As you probably know if you have used EIL before, I prefer to study works in their entirety. However, due to the constraint of the four-week study period, and the fact that medieval humor can be quite crude, the above stories are the ones I suggest focusing on. If you do choose to read the entire work, be aware that older translations tend to be more subtle, and may be a better choice.

Honors Text: Piers Plowman by William Langland

Canterbury Tales Context Resources

These links represent only the online resources referenced in this module. Instructions, background information, offline resources, and assignments are all found in the Excellence in Literature study guide listed above.

Readings

The Canterbury Tales as retold by Geraldine McCaughrean

http://courses.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/teachslf/less-0.htm

http://www.godecookery.com/pilgrims/pilgrims.htm

Who Murdered Chaucer? by Terry Jones, et al.

http://www.york.ac.uk/projects/pilgrimage/

http://www.kankedort.net/

The Author’s Life

 

http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/

http://www.luminarium.org/letter.htm

http://www.luminarium.org/medlit/chaucer.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/chaucer_geoffrey.shtml

http://marksteelinfo.com/videos/

Poetry

http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/special/authors/dante/

Audio

Blackstone Audio version is recommended. This amateur recording may be better than nothing if you can’t get a professional recording: http://librivox.org/the-canterbury-tales-by-geoffrey-chaucer/

https://alanbaragona.wordpress.com/the-criyng-and-the-soun/

http://pages.towson.edu/duncan/chaucer/index.htm

Music

https://alanbaragona.wordpress.com/baragonas-chaucer/music-of-the-14th-century/

https://excellence-in-literature.com/thomas-tallis-medieval-music-sung-by-lumina

Video

Animated version of The Canterbury Tales (1998; UK)

Visual Arts

http://englishcomplit.unc.edu/chaucer/zatta/canterbury.htm

http://www.muldermedia.com/gallery/index.html

https://chauceratwisc.wordpress.com/

https://chauceratwisc.wordpress.com/manuscript/

http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/giotto/

http://www.all-art.org/history194-2.html

http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/g/gothic/

Historic Context

Eyewitness Medieval Life by Andrew Langley

http://englishcomplit.unc.edu/chaucer/zatta/14thcent.htm

“The First Crusade—Sanctifying War: Overview” topic at the Norton website.

“Medieval Estates and Orders — Making and Breaking Rules : Overview”

http://www2.gsu.edu/~mclsmc/WEMSK.html

http://englishcomplit.unc.edu/chaucer/zatta/Zatta_Index.htm

http://englishcomplit.unc.edu/chaucer/index.html

http://www.hillside.co.uk/tour/tour.html

Just for Fun

Here’s a memorization and recitation assignment for the first 18 lines of the Tales. Enjoy!


Index of British Literature context link pages

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British Literature Texts (recommended editions)

British Lit study guide, and links to focus and honors texts (opens in a new tab at the author’s Everyday Education site)

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