British Literature Module 4.2
Study 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.*
*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.
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.
The Canterbury Tales as retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
Who Murdered Chaucer? by Terry Jones, et al.
The Author’s Life
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/
Animated version of The Canterbury Tales (1998; UK)
Eyewitness Medieval Life by Andrew Langley
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)