Visualizing Chaucer

Below is a list of texts and images that Katherine prepared for Visualizing Chaucer.  Created by Kara L. McShane, the project seeks to digitize illustrations of Chaucer’s works and to shed light on the afterlife of his writings.  Katherine collected and transcribed post-medieval poems that imitate, parody, or respond to the Canterbury Tales.  She also digitized illustrations from two early printed editions of Chaucer’s works held in the University of Rochester’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.


An engraving of Chaucer by George Vertue, which appears in John Urry's 1721 edition of his works.

An engraving of Chaucer by George Vertue, which appears in John Urry’s 1721 edition of his works.

The Wanton Wife of Bath 
Anonymous, 1723

On Chaucer and His Writings 
John Dart, 1722

A tale devised in the plesaunt manere of gentil Maister Jeoffrey Chaucer 
Elijah Fenton, 1717

An Answer to the Sompner’s Prologue of Chaucer
John Gay, 1720

The Wife of Brittany: Suggested by the Frankeleines Tale of Chaucer
Paul Hamilton Hayne, 1872

The Tapiser’s Tale
Leigh Hunt, 1860

The Policeman’s Tale
George Robert Sims, 1887


The Workes of our Ancient and Learned English Poet, Geffrey Chaucer, Newly Printed
ed. Thomas Speght, 1602

Copperplate engravings
The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, compared with the Former Editions, and many valuable MSS. Out of which, Three Tales are added which were never before Printed
ed. John Urry, 1721