There are relatively few good critical articles available
on the Web, mainly because of problems with copyright. This
site does include two of Kittredge's classic articles (which
are out of copyright):
Thanks to the authors who gave us permission, we do have
a number of significant articles, which students may find
helpful, especially in writing their papers.
David Aers, ""Imagination, Order and Ideology: The Knight's Tale," from Chaucer, Langland, and the creative imagination, 1980, pp. 175-95.
David Aers, ""Chaucer: Love, Sex and Marriage," from Chaucer, Langland, and the creative imagination, 1980 pp. 143-70.
David Benson, "Chaucer's Pardoner: His Sexuality and Modern Critics,"
Medievalia 8 (1985 [for 1982]), pp. 337-46. (See Green,
""The Wife of Bath and the Painting of Lions," PMLA 94 (1979), 209-22.
Susan Crane, ""Medieval Romance and Feminine Difference in the Knight's Tale," Studies in the Age of Chaucer 12 (1990), pp. 47-63.
E.T. Donaldson, "Chaucer the Pilgrim," PMLA 69, (1954): pp. 928-937
Richard F. Green, "The Sexual Normality of Chaucer's Pardoner," Medievalia 8 (1985 [for 1982]), 351-57.
Monica McAlpine, "The
Pardoner's Homosexuality and How It Matters," PMLA 95, (1980), 8-22.
Charles Muscatine, ""The Knight's Tale," Chaucer and the French Tradition, pp. 175-190.
Charles Muscatine, ""The Nun's Priest's Tale," Chaucer and the French Tradition, pp. 237-43.
""Chaucerian Confession: Penitential Literature and the Pardoner," Medievalia et Humanistica 7 (1976).
"Chaucer's Pardoner: Death
of a Salesman," Chaucer Review, Vol. 17, No.4, 1983.
Albert H. Silverman,
"Sex and Money in Chaucer's Shipman's Tale,"
Philological Quarterly, XXXII (July, 1953), pp. 329-336.
Other useful articles can be found in the electronic
collections such as JSTOR and PROQUEST; they are available
only to institutional subscribers (mainly libraries). If
you have access to a research library that subscribes to
JSTOR you will find that
right now, historical journals predominate in the
collection and only
Speculum has any literary
studies. Moreover, JSTOR contains only the volumes through
1989 for that journal. JSTOR is expanding and will soon
include literary as well as historical journals, along with
more recent articles from the journals now included.
Articles now available and of special interest for students
of Chaucer are listed below.
D. S. Brewer,
Class Distinction in Chaucer,
Speculum, , Vol. 43,
No. 2. (Apr., 1968), pp. 290-305.
Paul E. Beichner, C.S.C.,
Daun Piers, Monk and Business Administrator,
, Vol. 34, No. 4. (Oct., 1959), pp. 611-619.
John F. Benton,
The Court of Champagne as a Literary Center,
36 (1961), 551-91.
Edgar H. Duncan,
The Literature of Alchemy and Chaucer's Canon's Yeoman's
Tale: Framework, Theme, and Characters,
John H. Fisher, "Chancery and the Emergence of Standard Written
English in the Fifteenth Century,"
52, No. 4. (Oct., 1977), pp. 870-89.
Food, Laxatives, and Catharsis in Chaucer's Nun's Priest's
, Vol. 51, No. 1. (Jan., 1976), pp.
Chaucer and Cato,
35 (1960), 357-80.
Gavin I. Langmuir,
The Knight's Tale of Young Hugh of Lincoln,
, Vol. 47, No. 3. (Jul., 1972), pp. 459-482.
The Idea of Public Poetry in the Reign of Richard II,
, Vol. 53, No. 1. (Jan., 1978), pp. 94-113.
John J. O'Connor,
The Astrological Background of the Miller's Tale,
31 (1956), 120-25.
Deschamps' Art De Dictier and Chaucer's Literary
, Vol. 48, No. 4. (Oct.,
1973), pp. 714-723.
Juan Garcia de Castrojeriz and John of Wales: A Note on
, Vol. 64, No. 1.
(Jan., 1989), pp. 106-110.
"For the Wyves love of Bathe": Feminine Rhetoric and Poetic
Resolution in the Roman de la Rose and the Canterbury
, Vol. 58, No. 3. (Jul., 1983),
Sherry L. Reames,
The Cecilia Legend as Chaucer Inherited It and Retold It:
The Disappearance of an Augustinian Ideal,
, Vol. 55, No. 1. (Jan., 1980), pp. 38-57.
Penn R. Szittya,
The Antifraternal Tradition in Middle English
, Vol. 52, No. 2. (Apr.,
1977), pp. 287-313.
Hamilton M. Smyser,
A view of Chaucer's Astronomy,
Storie, Spelle, Geste, Romaunce, Tragedie: Generic
Distinctions in the Middle English Troy Narratives,
, Vol. 46, No. 2. (Apr., 1971), pp. 348-35.
Mary Frances Wack,
The Liber de heros morbo of Johannes Afflacius and Its
Implications for Medieval Love Conventions,
, Vol. 62, No. 2. (Apr., 1987), pp. 324-344.
Martha S. Waller,
The Physician's Tale: Geoffrey Chaucer and Fray Juan Garcia
, Vol. 51, No. 2. (Apr.,
1976), pp. 292-306.
Poets, Preachers, and the Plight of Literary Critics,
, Vol. 60, No. 2. (Apr., 1985), pp. 343-363.
For an excellent bibliography of recent (print) criticsm
see The Chaucer On-line Bibliography, constructed and
maintained by Mark Allen at the University of Texas at San
Antonio, which has the Annual Bibliography of Studies in
the Age of Chaucer on line. Read the directions below,
just in case, then
There are many very good critical books on Chaucer;
listed here are only a very few of those that may prove
helpful to the beginning student:
For further listings see pp. 313-19 in The Canterbury
Tales (based on the Riverside Chaucer).