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Chaucer Print Resources

Most of the time, you can accomplish the necessary research for an undergraduate Chaucer paper via the scholarly Chaucer Online resources I've suggested. For some kinds of research exploration, however, and for more advanced undergraduate or graduate-level essays, you may need to consult some of the major print resources. This is not an exhausive list of possible resources, just a place for you to begin.

  • If you're just trying to figure out where to start, I recommend beginning with some of the general "guides to Chaucer" available in the library, and/or the Oxford Guides to Chaucer (individual guides are available for CT, T&C, and the minor poetry), and/or the bibliographies listed below.
  • There are a variety of annotated bibliographies on Chaucer criticism (do a library catalog Subject Heading search for "Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400 - Bibliography.") These far surpass the digital bibliographies for quickly acquiring a sense of scholarly interests over time, and any serious scholarly work on Chaucer needs to be aware of what's been done, even in the early twentieth century, on this-or-that poem.
  • Additionally, most individual Tales have their own annotated bibliographies of scholarship up through the mid-1980s or later (easily findable by searching your Tale in the library catalog).
  • The Sources and Analogues of the Canterbury Tales  (UGA Main PR1912.A2 S68 2002) should be your first place to start if you are working on Chaucer's use of his sources. Be aware that there are older versions of this resource, so be sure to get the 2002 version. A similar work is available for the dream poems (Chaucer’s dream poetry : sources and analogues, ed. and trans. B.A. Windeatt, UGA Main PR1912.A2 C5 1981), and you may find related resources for individual poems through the library catalog or simply shelved next to these in the stacks.
  • A Complete concordance to the works of Geoffrey Chaucer (ed. Akio Oizum, UGA Main PR1941.C66 1991) is essential, and still supercedes the electronic Glossarial DataBase.
  • The Chaucer Life-Records (ed. Martin M. Crow, 1966, UGA Main PR1905.C7 1966) contains all known historical references to Chaucer and is the starting point for any work on Chaucer's life.
  • There are plenty of good studies of Chaucer reception out there (start with Subject Heading "Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400 - Appreciation" and "Chaucer . . . -- Influence"), but for those interested in early modern Chaucers, Chaucer’s fame in England : STC Chauceriana, 1475-1640, (ed. Jackson Campbell Boswell & Sylvia Wallace Holton, UGA Main PR1905.B85 2004) is a critical resource.
  • Useful dictionaries include Chaucer’s church : a dictionary of religious terms in Chaucer (ed. Edward E. Foster and David H. Carey, UGA Main PR1941.F67 2002)