Greetings to all fellow litnetters:
St. Luke's suggested the idea of a Chaucer discussion a few weeks back, and given that I am heading into work on a dissertation chapter on Chaucer's House of Fame with the start of the new year, I thought this sounded like a very pleasant suggestion. So here is a new thread created for the purpose of reading and discussing the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and/or the life and times of that illustrious poet.
I thought I would first throw this out there and see what kind of response it gets and what people might be interested in looking at first. If we get a group that includes people unfamiliar for the most part with Chaucer, we could start off with a discussion of the Canterbury Tales that might be of interest to a range from those who have never read Chaucer (I teach this stuff, so I can help out people who are interested but who don't know the first thing) to those who have spent much time with him. If the parties interested in this thread are solidly Chaucerian initiates who would like to read some of the less popularly read works (the aforementioned House of Fame for example, or Troilus and Criseyde) that would be fine too. So, for the moment, just put a post in if you would like to spend some time with good old Geoff. C., and indicate what you would most like to get out of such a discussion. I'll then either organize a vote if we have a large and diverse number of interests or just set up a discussion if there seems to be a general consensus to, say, read the Canterbury Tales prologue together (or I'll start up a nice conversation with the one person who replies...whatever the case may be).
To get us started, here's a link to the Yale Chaucer site, which is one of the best out there and includes texts (the poems can also be found right here on Lit. Net), biographical and historical information, and a guide to Middle English accompanied by audio recordings:
This page at the Chaucer Meta Page site also has some good links to online resources that can help with learning and understanding Chaucer's language: