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Open Review Home

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Gladly learn and gladly teach…

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 This is the home of draft chapters for the Open Access Companion to the Canterbury Tales, posted online for Open Review beginning in August 2016 and ending in December 2016. The Open Review is now complete. Thank you to all who participated. 

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Our Open Review is now closed. Thank you very much to everyone who left comments, ideas, and suggestions from August 2016 to December 2016. Comments remain for consultation by readers, but comment sections are now closed. 

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 On this page you’ll find a link to a “How To” page that describes the chapter formats and offers suggestions for reviewers. Please take a look at the “How To” page before beginning to read and comment on chapters. There’s also an “Open Review News” page that will be updated with any announcements about modifications, issues, suggestions, or improvements.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Why the distinctive look of this page? Every paragraph is numbered and there’s a comments section on the right. That’s because this site is using the excellent CommentPress Core plugin for WordPress. This plugin makes possible robustly interactive commenting on drafts during our Open Review process, and it applies to every page on this WordPress site.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 We the editors of the Companion are delighted to share these chapter drafts with you, and we thank you for the time you’ll spend reading and thinking about the work provided by our contributors.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Sincerely,

~The OACCT Editorial Collective: Candace Barrington, Brantley Bryant, Richard H. Godden, Daniel T. Kline, Myra Seaman

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 Reach us by email at opencanterburytales at gmail dot com

Open review materials

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Open Review How To

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 Open Review News & Announcements

chapters for open review

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 Chapters will be added throughout August, so please be sure to check back for new chapters. Not all chapters intended for the volume will be featured in the Open Review. The posting of available chapters has depended on deadlines and logistics and is not a result of editorial selection. For a current complete table of contents click here.

essay chapters

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Sisterhood and Brotherhood in “The Knight’s Tale” – Essay Chapter- by Chris Chism

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 Wages, Work, Wealth, and Economic Inequality: “The Reeve’s Tale” – Essay Chapter – by William Rhodes

15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 Race and Racism: “The Man of Law’s Tale” – Essay Chapter – by Cord J. Whitaker

16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 Love and Marriage in the “Wife of Bath’s Prologue” – Essay Chapter – by Emma Lipton

17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 Animals and “The Friar’s Tale” – Essay Chapter – by Karl Steel

18 Leave a comment on paragraph 18 0 “The Summoner’s Prologue and Tale”: Gendered and Sexual Identities – Essay Chapter – Ruth Evans

19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 Authority (Familial, Written, Political) in the “Clerk’s Tale” – Essay Chapter – by Susan Nakley

20 Leave a comment on paragraph 20 0 “The Franklin’s Tale” and Emotion, Feeling, Intensity, Pleasure – Essay Chapter – by Emily Houlik-Ritchey

21 Leave a comment on paragraph 21 0 The Body and Its Politics in “The Pardoner’s Tale” – Essay Chapter – by Kim Zarins

22 Leave a comment on paragraph 22 0 “The Shipman’s Tale”: Deciphering, Coding, and Confusion – Essay Chapter – by Jennifer Culver

23 Leave a comment on paragraph 23 0 Relating to the Past, Imagining the Past, Using the Past: “The Prioress’s Tale” – Essay Chapter – by Emily Steiner

24 Leave a comment on paragraph 24 0 Imagining the World in Maps and Stories: “Sir Thopas” – Essay Chapter – by William Storm

25 Leave a comment on paragraph 25 0 “The Tale of Melibee” & Local Government: Power, Lordship, Resources – Essay Chapter – by Kate Fedewa

26 Leave a comment on paragraph 26 0 Ability/Disability: “The Monk’s Tale” – Essay Chapter – by Jonathan Hsy

27 Leave a comment on paragraph 27 0 Entertainment versus Education: “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” – Essay Chapter – by Alex Mueller

28 Leave a comment on paragraph 28 0 “The Second Nun’s Tale,” Language Politics, and Translation – Essay Chapter – by Candace Barrington

29 Leave a comment on paragraph 29 0 “The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale”: Invention, Discovery, Problem-Solving, and Innovation – Essay Chapter – by Samantha Katz Seal

30 Leave a comment on paragraph 30 0 “The Parson’s Tale”: Religious Devotion and Spiritual Feeling – Essay Chapter – by Krista A. Murchison

31 Leave a comment on paragraph 31 0 Religious Debate and Polemic in “Chaucer’s Retraction” – Essay Chapter – by Christopher Michael Roman

32 Leave a comment on paragraph 32 0 Two Kinds of Anxiety in the Canterbury Tales: The Framing Narrative and the Host – Essay Chapter – by David Hadbawnik

reference chapters

33 Leave a comment on paragraph 33 0 Daily Life in England c. 1399 – Reference Chapter – by Kathleen E. Kennedy

34 Leave a comment on paragraph 34 0 English Society 1340-1400: Reform and Resistance – Reference Chapter – by Noelle Phillips

35 Leave a comment on paragraph 35 0 Chaucer’s Middle English – Reference Chapter – by Simon Horobin

our goals

36 Leave a comment on paragraph 36 0 The Open Access Companion to the Canterbury Tales is a resource for advanced study produced by scholars directly for the public. The Companion will be distributed online in an open access format that is free to all. Its goal is to “open up” Geoffrey Chaucer’s medieval text The Canterbury Tales to the widest possible global audience of students, teachers, enthusiasts, and readers both inside and outside of formal academic contexts. The Open Access Companion to the Canterbury Tales aims to be engaging, accessible, and above all useful to readers, but it is also a researched academic volume that incorporates influential, important, and current scholarship. Readers looking for a collection of summaries or a “homework helper” website will need to look elsewhere. Instead, this is a dynamic, open access version of the kinds of high-quality companions used in university-level classes to introduce students to important debates and interpretations about works of literature.

37 Leave a comment on paragraph 37 0 The Open Access Canterbury Tales project is led by a team of five scholars and teachers of Chaucer and features contributions generously offered by over thirty more “Chaucerians” (professional Chaucer researchers) who have offered their labor and expertise to this project for free.

38 Leave a comment on paragraph 38 0 The editorial collective has worked with each author to produce a polished draft, and we are now posting these drafts online for an Open Review (a.k.a. “Crowd Review” or “Crowd-Sourced Review”). In this Open Review, we’re happy to share a developing, in-progress version of the Companion with you. We’re using the CommentPress plugin, which will allow the public to leave visible comments on chapter drafts. By participating in this Open Review, you too will generously help shape the OA Canterbury Tales and ensure it will be as useful and exciting as possible to its intended readership.

39 Leave a comment on paragraph 39 0 Please note that all chapters shared here in the Open Review have been accepted for the volume and will become part of the final product. The purpose of this review is to develop, expand, and fine-tune the existing chapter drafts. Reviewers are not asked to compare material, rank chapters, or to assess which material should be included.

40 Leave a comment on paragraph 40 0 We invite all those interested to offer their thoughts and comments on these draft chapters using the CommentPress interface on this website. Thank you for joining us, whether you’re a student, a general reader, a teacher, a scholar and researcher of literature and history — and any combination thereof.

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