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Witalisz, Władysław.   Władysław Witalisz and Ewa Rusek, eds. Across Borders: Cultural and Linguistic Shifts in the 21st Century (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2020), pp. 63-73.
Reads the GP description of the Prioress as an ironic frame for PrT, concluding that they combine as an "exercise in depicting and ridiculing popular anti-Semitism rather than condoning it."

Newby, Rebecca.   Open access Ph.D. dissertation (Cardiff University, 2020). Available at (accessed October 17, 2022).
Argues that "completion is not essential to the meaning or value of romance in the Middle Ages" in discussing works by Chrétien as well as SqT, Th, and "the dynamic of opening and closing" of KnT.

Watt, Diane.   Studies in the Age of Chaucer 42 (2020): 337-50.
Argues that evidence of female readership drawn from the Paston letters indicates familiarity with works by Chaucer and by Lydgate, as well as popular spiritual writings, devotional works, hagiographies, and chivalric treatises. Emphasizes the…

Fulton, Helen, ed.   Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2021.
Collection of essays focusing on Chaucer's engagement with "Italian tradition" and his use and interpretation of Italian sources. For eight individual essays, search for Chaucer and Italian Culture under Alternative Title.

Gillespie, David Southard.   Ph.D. Dissertation. Michigan State University, 1971. Dissertation Abstracts International 32 (1971): 3188-89A. Fully accessible at; accessed April 22, 2023.
Historical analysis of the changes in the English world view preceding and following the Black Death of 1349, with particular attention to the art and literature up to 1385 and its "pessimism and macabre realism." Includes recurrent references to…

Simon-Jones, Lindsey, Derrick Pitard, and Krista Sue-Lo Twu   Year's Work in English Studies 99 (2020): 292-312.
A discursive bibliography of Chaucer studies for 2018, divided into six subcategories: general, CT, TC, LGW, other works, and reputation and reception.

Weiss, Jim, trans.   Benicia, Calif.]: Greathall, 1990, track 9.
Includes an oral retelling of NPT for children, "Chanticleer the Rooster," adapted and read by Jim Weiss, with a brief introduction. Track 9; ca. 15 min.

Pratt, Karen.   Karen Pratt, Bart Besamusca, Matthias Meyer, and Ad Putter, eds. The Dynamics of the Medieval Manuscript (Göttingen: V&R Academic, 2017), pp. 257-85.
Traces the emphases and manuscript contexts of Latin and vernacular versions of the Pyramus and Thisbe story from Ovidian origins to Chaucer's narrative in LGW, with emphasis on the comic or bathetic elements of Chaucer's account and on its place in…

Dane, Joseph A.   Joseph A. Dane. Mythodologies: Methods in Medieval Studies, Chaucer, and Book History ([Santa Barbara, Calif.]: Punctum, 2018), pp. 105-10.
Comments on anachronisms in the portrait of Chaucer included in William Godwin’s Life of Chaucer (1803) and on the reception of the portrait and the biography, suggesting that the portrait is "more sincere" than other Chaucerian anachronisms and that…

Pace, George B.   Traditio 18 (1962): 417-20.
Offers physiognomic evidence that the Summoner's black eyebrows (GP 1.627) and those of Alisoun (MilT 1,3245-46) indicate lecherousness.

Baldwin, R. G.   Journal of English and Germanic Philology 61 (1962): 232-43.
Considers the implications of treating the Canon (CYP and CYT, Part I) and the canon (CYT, Part II) as the same character, exploring the unity of the prologue and parts, and assessing the characterization of the canon(s), the Canon's Yeoman, and his…

Sommer, George Joseph.  
Assesses the point of view of the "Narrator" of TC, particularly the ironic combination of detachment and involvement established in the openings of the five books and in the epilogue of the poem.

Shippey, Thomas A.   In Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature. Chantilly, VA: The Great Courses, 2014. Video recording. Disc 1 of 4, Lecture 6.
Video recording of lecture (ca. 31 min.), with illustrations, accompanied by an edited text of the lecture in the Course Guidebook (pp. 37-42). Describes the plot of TC, emphasizing the ambiguities of Criseyde and contrasting her character with that…

Peverley, Sarah.   Gail Ashton, ed. Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), pp. 48-57.
Describes the dramatic adaptations of selections from CT presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company in November 2005, exploring how the adaptations and their staging at times modify and at times convey the "key elements" of Chaucer's work,…

Phillips, Helen.   Susanna Fein, ed. The Auchinleck Manuscript: New Perspectives (York: University of York, 2016), pp. 139-55.
Examines "what looking from Auchinleck to Chaucer might reveal about Chaucer." Considers how in Th Chaucer may have been influenced by the "romance formulae exemplified in Auchinleck."

Douglas, Blaise.   Claire Vial, ed. "A noble tale / Among us shall awake": Approches croisees des "Middle English Breton Lays" et du "Franklin's Tale" (Paris: Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2015), pp. 17-25.
Explores the notion of commitment in connection with the contradictory and untenable verbal pledges in FranT.

Mote, Sarah.   Yuichiro Azuma, Kotaro Kawasaki, and Koichi Kano, eds. Chaucer and English and American Literature: Essays Commemorating the Retirement of Professor Masatoshi Kawasaki (Tokyo: Kinseido, 2015), pp. 60–74.
Provides brief descriptions of the fourteenth-century history and the life of Chaucer, and introduces late fourteenth-century visual arts, including illuminated manuscripts, stained glasses, and altarpieces with notable examples. Characterizes the…

Sutherland, Ronald, ed.   Oxford; Basil Blackwell, 1967;
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1968.
Facing-page edition of Rom (based on Thynne's edition) and its sources passage in the "Roman de la Rose," with the text of the latter drawn from various manuscripts that provide readings closest to Rom. Includes textual notes and an Introduction…

Baragona, Alan.   Baragona's Literary Resources, n.d.
Lists approximately 250 books and articles pertaining to the study of Chaucer published before 2004. Formerly hosted at Virginia Military Institute.

Simola, Robert, compiler. (n.d.; last accessed 01/29/2019)
Organizes links to illustrations from editions of Chaucer's works published between 1484 (Caxton's 2d ed.) and 1930. The images are "listed chronologically by either editor, illustrator, title, or author depending on the source," all derived from…

Toronto: Coles, 1966.
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Lawlor, John, ed.   London: Edward Arnold, 1966.
Includes ten essays by various authors and a comprehensive index. For three essays that pertain to Chaucer, search for Patterns of Love and Courtesy under Alternative Title.

Brown, Peter.   Europe: A Literary History, 1348-1418 (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 1:191-207.
Describes late medieval literary production in the city of Canterbury and explores its literary affiliations, ummarizing its place in early English Christianity and the impact of Becket's martyrdom. Highlights works produced in Canterbury or written…

Madden, William A.   College English 20 (1959):193-94.
Challenges Paul Ruggiers' essay, "Some Philosophical Aspects of 'The Knight's Tale'" (1958), maintaining that the critic fails to distinguish between Chaucer's views and those of the Knight, and disagreeing with his interpretations of several points…

Behrend, Megan.   Studies in the Age of Chaucer 43 (2021): 1-43; 6 b&w illus.
Uncouples Chaucer's fifteenth-century reception from "monolingual nationalist ideas of Englishness," focusing on rhetorical and codicological features of two trilingual love lyrics in Cambridge University Library, MS Gg.4.27 (Gg): "De amico ad…
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