ChauR The Chaucer Review
Cr Q Critical Quarterly
ELH A Journal of English Literary History
PMLA Publications of the Modern Language Association of America.
The Riverside Chaucer. Gen. Ed. Larry D. Benson (3rd ed. Boston, Mass. and Oxford, 1987) is the standard volume containing Chaucer’s complete works in their original Middle English form.
The Canterbury Tales: Nine Tales and the General Prologue. Eds. V.A.V. Kolve and Glending Olson. New York and London: Norton, 1989. (My text and quotations from Chaucer follow the slightly modernized spelling of this edition).
Suggested Readings for Students
Aers, David. Chaucer. Brighton: Harvester Press, 1986.
Brewer, Derek. A New Introduction to Chaucer. 2nd ed. Harlow: Longman, 1988.
Brown, Peter and Andrew Butcher. The Age of Saturn: Literature and History in the Canterbury Tales. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1991.
Boitani, Piero and Jill Mann. Eds. The Cambridge Chaucer Companion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.
Brown, Peter, Ed. A Companion to Chaucer. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.
Brown, Peter. Chaucer at Work: The Making of the Canterbury Tales. Harlow: Longman, 1994
Cooper, Helen. The Structure of the Canterbury Tales. London: Duckworth, 1983.
Cooper, Helen. Oxford Guides to Chaucer. The Canterbury Tales. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989.
Dillon, Janette. Geoffrey Chaucer. Basingstoke and London: Macmillan, 1993.
Ellis, Steve. Ed. Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales. Harlow, Middlesex: Longman, 1998.
Howard, D. R. The Idea of the Canterbury Tales. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1976.
Knight, Stephen. Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1986
Patterson, Lee. Chaucer and the Subject of History. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991
Pearsall, Derek. The Canterbury Tales.1985; rpt. London and New York: Routledge, 1993.
Phillips, Helen. An Introduction to the Canterbury Tales: Reading, Fiction, Context. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000.
(ii) On the General Prologue
Allen, Mark. “Mirth and Bourgeois Masculinity in Chaucer’s Host.” Masculinities in Chaucer: Approaches to Maleness in the Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Cressida. Ed. Peter G. Beidler. Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, 1998, pp. 9-21.
Andrew, Malcolm. “Context and Judgment in the General Prologue.” ChauR 23 (1988) pp. 316-337.
Blamires, Alcuin. “Chaucer the Reactionary: Ideology and the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.” Review of English Studies 51(Nov 2000), pp. 523-39.
Bowden, Muriel. A Commentary on the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales. 1948, 2nd ed. London: Macmillan, 1967.
Cookson, Linda and Bryan Loughrey, eds. Critical Essays on the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales. Harlow: Longman, 1989.
Cunningham, John. The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales: A Critical Study. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985.
Donaldson, E Talbot. “Chaucer the Pilgrim.” PMLA LXIX (1954), pp. 928-936. Rpt in Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales. Ed. J. J. Anderson. Casebook Series. Basingstoke:Macmillan, 1974.
Eberle, Patricia J. “Commercial Language and the Commercial Outlook in the General Prologue.” ChauR 18, no. 2 (1983), pp. 161-74.
Higgs, Elton D. “The Old Order and the ‘Newe World’ in the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.” Huntingdon Library Quarterly 45.2 (Spring 1982), pp. 155-173.
Hoffmann, Arthur W. “Chaucer’s Prologue to Pilgrimage: the Two Voices.” ELH 21 (1954), pp. 1-16.
Josipovici, G. “Fiction and Game in the Canterbury Tales: Cr Q 7 (1965), pp. 185-97.
Leicester, H. Marshall Jr. “The Art of Impersonation: A General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.” PMLA 95 (1980), pp.213-24.
Mann, Jill. Chaucer and Medieval Estates Satire: The Literature of Social Classes and the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973.
Martin, Loy D. “History and Form in the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.” ELH 45 (1978), pp. 1-17.
Morgan, Gerald. “The Design of the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.” English Studies 59 (1978), pp. 481-98.
Moseley, Charles. “The General Prologue as Prologue.” in Cookson and Loughrey eds. above, pp. 105-118.
Nevo, Ruth. “Chaucer: Motive and Mask in the General Prologue.” Modern Language Review 58 (1963), 1-9. Rpt in Critics on Chaucer. Ed. Sheila Sullivan. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1970, pp. 105-110.
Nolan, Barbara. “ ‘A Poet Ther Was’: Chaucer’s Voices in the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.” PMLA 101 (1986), pp. 154-69.
(iii) On the controversy over Chaucer’s Knight
Aers, David. “Review of Terry Jones, Chaucer’s Knight: The Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 4 (1982), pp. 169-75.
Jones, Terry. Chaucer’s Knight: The Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1980.
Keen, Maurice. “Chaucer’s Knight, the English Aristocracy and the Crusade.” English Court Culture in the Later Middle Ages. Eds. V.J. Scattergood and J. W. Sherborne. London: Duckworth, 1983, pp. 45-61.
Pratt, John H. “Was Chaucer’s Knight Really a Mercenary?” ChauR 22 (1987), pp.8-26
(iv) Further reading: Historical and Social Background
Baugh, Albert C. A History of the English Language, 1968; rpt New Delhi: Allied Publishers, 1999.
Bloch, Marc. Feudal Society. 2 vols.Tr. L.A. Manyon 1962; rpt. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1975.
Brewer, Derek. “Class Distinction in Chaucer.” Speculum 43 (1968), pp. 290-305; rpt in his Tradition and Innovation in Chaucer. London, 1982, pp. 54-72.
Hilton, Rodney. Bond Men Made Free. 1973; rpt. London: Methuen, 1977.
Lambdin, Laura and Robert T. Lambdin, eds. Chaucer’s Pilgrims: An Historical Guide to the Pilgrims in the ‘Canterbury Tales.’ Westport Conn. and London: Greenwood, 1996.
Lindahl, Carl. “The Festive Form of the Canterbury Tales.” ELH 52 (1985), pp.531-75.
Postan, M. M. The Medieval Economy and Society: An Economic History of Britain in the Middle Ages. 1972, rpt. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1975.
Strohm, Paul. “The Social and Literary Scene in England.” The Cambridge Chaucer Companion. Eds. Piero Boitano and Jill Mann. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986, pp. 1-18.
Strohm, Paul. Social Chaucer. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1989.
Swanson, Robert. “Social Structures.” A Companion to Chaucer. Ed Peter Brown. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000, pp. 397-414.
On Chaucer’s Life
Du Boulay, F. R. H. “The Historical Chaucer.” 1974; rpt in The Canterbury Tales: Nine Tales and the General Prologue. Eds V.A. Kolve and Glending Olson. New York, London: Norton, 1989, pp. 441-458.
Pearsall, Derek. The Life of Chaucer: A Critical Biography. Oxford: Blackwell, 1992.