Table of Contents

The OA Companion is a virtual volume created by an international team of scholarly contributors. Essay chapters discuss the tales and prologues of the Canterbury Tales in relation to topics of broad general interest. Reference chapters provide readers with important context and background for understanding and approaching the Tales.

Essay Chapters

Cultural Crossings, Conflict, and Collaborations and the General Prologue  by Elizabeth Scala

Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Friendship, and Fellowship in the Knight’s Tale by Christine Chism

Social Networks and Connections and the Framing Narrative by David Hadbawnik

Death, Disease, Illness, and Mortality in the Knight’s Tale by Julie Orlemanski

Travel, Transit, and Journeys in the Miller’s Tale by Shayne Legassie

Wages, Work, Wealth, and Economic Inequality in the Reeve’s Tale by William Rhodes

Race and Racism in the Man of Law’s Tale by Cord Whitaker

Love and Marriage in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale by Emma Lipton

Animals in the Friar’s Tale by Karl Steel

Creating Gendered and Sexual Identities in the Summoner’s Tale by Ruth Evans

Authority (Familial, Political, Written) in the Clerk’s Tale by Susan Nakley

Landscape, Environment, and Nature in the Merchant’s Tale by Steven Swarbrick

Subsistence (Farming, Agriculture, Food) in the Squire’s Tale by Alexis Kellner Becker

Emotion, Feeling, Intensity, and Pleasure in the Franklin’s Tale by Emily Houlik-Ritchey

Childhood and Children in the Physician’s Tale by Daniel T. Kline

The Body and Its Politics in the Pardoner’s Tale by Kim Zarins

Interpretation, Deciphering, Coding, and Confusion  in the Shipman’s Tale by Jennifer Culver

Relating to the Past, Imagining the Past, and Using the Past in the Prioress’ Tale by Emily Steiner

Imagining the World in Maps and Stories in Sir Thopas by William Storm

Local Government: Power, Lordship, and Resources in the Tale of Melibee by Kate Fedawa

Ability/Disability in the Monk’s Tale by Jonathan Hsy

Entertainment versus Education in the Nun’s Priest’s Tale by Alex Mueller

Language Politics and Translation in the Second Nun’s Tale by Candace Barrington

Invention, Discovery, Problem-Solving, and Innovation in the Canon’s Yeoman’s Prologue and Tale by Samantha Seal

Feminism and Women’s Experience in the Manciple’s Tale by Myra Seaman

Religious Devotion and Spiritual Feeling in the Parson’s Tale by Krista Murchison

Religious Debate and Polemic in the Retraction by Christopher Roman


Reference Chapters

What Does it Mean to Read a Text from Medieval England? by Moira Fitzgibbons

Late Medieval England in a Global Context by Daniel Franke

Manuscripts and Manuscript Culture by Alexandra Gillespie

The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer by Bruce Holsinger

Chaucer’s Middle English by Simon Horobin

Daily Life in England c. 1390 by Kathleen E. Kennedy

Societ and Politics in England c. 1340-1400 by Noelle Phillips