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Nickell, Joe.   The Science of Miracles: Investigating the Incredible (Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2013), pp. 91-99.
Comments briefly on PardT as "a satirical attack on relic mongering," and notes the Host's seemingly earnest reference to St. Helen's finding of the cross (6.951) and the possible implication that Chaucer "accepts the relic . . . as authentic."

Lemons, Andrew Miles.   PhD Dissertation. Princeton University, 2014. Available at Accessed November 28, 2021.
Dissertation Abstracts International 75.08 (2014): n.p.
Identifies the "sense of middleness" found in Middle English verse that rejects "received concepts of poetic form and offers alternatives.” Includes a reading of HF "in which Chaucer presents a radically unconventional definition of 'poetic voice' in…

Kraishan, Majed R.   Dissertation Abstracts International C81.04 (2014): n.p.
Argues that "by subverting traditional literary genres, and inventing new ones, Chaucer provided alternative life-views," reframing traditional views of eroticism in CT (KnT, MilT, RvT, WBPT, PhyT, ShT) and TC.

Fullman, Joshua   Dissertation Abstracts International A74.11 (2014): n.p.
Includes discussion of the pilgrimage motif of CT and the PardPT as examples of the late-medieval eschatological imagination that manifest the "Augustinian" version of apocalypticism which" subscribed to an expectation of cosmic and personal…

Eliott Lockhart, Elizabeth Bonnette.   PhD Dissertation. Columbia University, 2014. Freely available at Accessed November 28, 2021.
Dissertation Abstracts International 75.08 (2014): n.p.
Includes a chapter on PrT and three of its analogues that considers the "greyn" in Chaucer's version.

Chapman, Juliana Marie.   PhD Dissertation. Pennsylvania State University, 2014. Abstract available at Accessed November 28, 2021.
Includes discussion of "a shared six-part musical structure, hitherto unnoticed" in the pairing of KnT and MilT.

Schieberle, Misty.   Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 20.2 (2013): 19-40.
Describes a pedagogy for teaching NPT that guides student discussions "beyond basic descriptive understandings . . . into critical arguments," using genre and background material, performative readings, gender concerns, the politics of revolt, and…

Rogos, Justyna.   Joanna Kopaczyk and Andrea H. Jucker, eds. Communities of Practice in the History of English (Philadelphia: Benjamins, 2013), pp. 105-21.
Explores the "shared practice" of late-medieval English scribes, particularly their adherence to "a negotiated set of norms and procedures" that constitutes their "community of practice." Exemplifies such practice by describing the orthography and…

Lewis, Bernard.   Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 20.1 (2013): 127-41.
Personal account of learning and teaching Chaucer in Middle English by a college student/instructor. Emphasizes oral performance, and includes summaries of student evaluations and descriptions of resources available for use by students and teachers.

Innes, Paul.   New York: Routledge, 2013.
Traces the epic from classical roots to postmodern versions in various media; includes brief comments on KnT as epic with elements of romance, the latter challenged by MilT.

Jackson, Kevin.   New York: Museyon, 2021.
Thirty vignettes of London and its citizens arranged chronologically, with nine recommended walking tours and an Index. Chapter 7, "Geoffrey Chaucer is Appointed Comptroller of the Port of London: 8 June, 1374" (pp. 46-51; 4 figs.), briefly describes…

[Kiser, Lisa J.]   In Anthony Grafton, Glenn W. Most, and Salvatore Settis, eds. The Classical Tradition (Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap, 2010).
Encyclopedia entry that summarizes Chaucer's debt to classical tradition as source material for his plots, imaginings of the classical past, and "voicings" of classical speakers throughout his corpus. Comments on Chaucer's awareness of mediation and…

Robb, Candace.   New York: Diversion, 2008.
Murder mystery set against the backdrop of political uncertainty over the impending death of Archbishop Thoresby of York and investigated by Owen Archer, aided by his confidante Geoffrey Chaucer, recently appointed chamber squire to Edward III. Other…

Mroczkowski, Przemysław.   In G. A. Bonnard, ed. English Studies Today. Second Series: Lectures and Papers Read at the Fourth Conference of the International Association of University Professors of English Held at Lausanne and Berne, August 1959 (Bern: Franke, 1961), pp. 107-20.
Reads FrT as an exemplum against greed that is informed by commonplaces drawn from sermon tradition, specifically the "pulpit practice of late medieval mendicants." Aligns details of the plot and rhetoric in FrT with parallels found in works by John…

Magoun, Francis P. Jr.   Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961.
Identifies and describes geographical names and places used by Chaucer or evidently known to him. Arranged alphabetically, the dictionary lists names, describes the places, and their occurrences in Chaucer's works, offering etymologies for British…

Grennen, Joseph Edward.   Dissertation Abstracts International 22.03 (1961): 859.
Reads CYPT as Chaucer's response to the "pretentiousness, perverseness, and confusion he found in alchemy," exploring the poet's knowledge of alchemical sources, the place of CYPT in CT (especially in juxtaposition with SNT), and the skill and irony…

Friend, Myrna M.   PhD Dissertation. McGill University, 1961. Freely accessible at; accessed November 15,2021.
Examines the "process whereby realism evolved in Chaucer's work," particularly the "stylistic devices by which it was secured," considering Anel, TC, and various aspects of CT: early and late tales, the frame, and fabliaux.

Crane, Milton, ed.   New York: Bantam, 1961.
On pp. 67-83 this anthology includes WBP in Theodore Morrison's modern verse translation and the ballade from LGWP.

Burns, Sister Mary Florence.   Dissertation Abstracts International 22.04 (1961): 1154.
Studies the Collation Text and the Printer's Copy of Tyrwhitt's edition of CT, identifying his reliance on two manuscript witnesses--British Library Harley 7335 and Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24--and establishing "his fidelity to the…

Biggar, Raymond George.   Dissertation Abstracts International 22.06 (1961): 1992.
Compares and contrasts Chaucer's and Langland's views of the "lower clergy" (monks, friars, and parish priests) in light of the "religious backgrounds" of their age, arguing that despite their stylistic differences their views are very similar in…

Adler, Mortimer Jerome.   Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1961.
Includes introductions to seven authors and works of western literature, keyed to texts in translation or modernization available in the "Great Books of the Western World" series. The "Sixth Reading" here (pp. 139-66) pertains to Chaucer and CT,…

Brooks, Karen.   New York: William Morrow, 2014.
Historical novel set in late-medieval England. Includes a character modeled on the Wife of Bath: Alyson, who owns a bathhouse/brothel in Southwark. Originally published as "The Brewer's Tale," North Sydney: Harlequin, 2014; 584 pp.

Gunn, James E.   New York: Tor, 2013.
Frame-tale science fiction novel with echoes of CT, e.g., quotation of GP 1.12 on the opening page, recurrent references to travelers as "pilgrims," a galactic ship named "Geoffrey," interpolated tales (although purportedly autobiographical), etc.

Stevens, John.   London: Methuen, 1961.
Focuses on three extant Tudor song-books to chart the relations between lyric and song in early English tradition, including discussion of popular and courtly works, late-medieval and early modern music, and the impact of the Reformation. Two issues…

Flinn, John.   Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1963.
Chapter 15, "Le Roman de Renart en Angleterre" (pp. 672-88), summarizes NPT and treats Pierre de Saint-Cloud's "Roman de Renart" (branch 2) as its major source, focusing on tone and spirit, and attributing differences to Chaucer's art, originality,…
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