Chaucer’s ABC project

Chaucer's ABC 11-8-17

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Chaucer's ABC rubric

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Resources for close reading:

Different versions of the poem (to compare to your own manuscript version):

  • Grabhorn & Hoyem’s 1967 artist’s book
    • Dimensions: 4.5 x 7 in
    • Citation: Chaucer, Geoffrey. Geoffrey Chaucer’s A.B.C., called La prière de Nostre Dame. San Francisco : Grabhorn-Hoyem, 1967.
  • Modern critical edition in The Riverside Chaucer
    • Dimensions: 8.25 x 10.25 in
    • Citation: Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Riverside Chaucer. Ed. F. N. Robinson. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986.
  • Facsimile of William Morris’s Kelmscott Press edition
    • Dimensions: 9 x 13.25 in
    • Citation: Chaucer, Geoffrey, William Morris, and Edward Burne-Jones. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer: A facsimile of the William Morris “Kelmscott Chaucer” with the original 87 illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones. Ed. John T. Winterich. New York: World Publishing Co., 1958.

Supplemental materials (optional):

  • Images from a medieval manuscript version — you can use this as a starting point/inspiration for your medieval-inspired manuscript page
  • An article about medieval manuscripts of Chaucer’s “ABC.” Some of the content is technical, but Pace also presents some thoughts about how the manuscript layout affects the use and interpretation of the poem.
    • Citation: George B. Pace, George B. “The Adorned Initials of Chaucer’s A B C.” Manuscripta 23.2 (1979): 88-98.
    • see especially 95-96
  • An article which is a close reading of Chaucer’s “ABC” alongside other prayers that appear in Chaucer’s work. This essay is 50 years old, but it may help you think about how the text functions as both a piece of literature and a prayer.
    • Citation: Madeleva, Mary. A Lost Language and Other Essays on Chaucer. New York: Russell & Russell, 1967.
    • pp. 11-26 in PDF, see especially 11-20 and 26