Diversity and Disability in “The Canterbury Tales”

This project aims to explore diversity, disability, and ableism in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales through an online Omeka exhibit that is accessible for present-day audiences. The online exhibit consists of student-created present-day English translations, audio recordings, close readings, and annotated bibliographies of five chosen tales. The close readings and annotated bibliographies of each tale focuses on aspects of diversity. This project seeks to look at new perspectives of The Tales and explore how they impact the characters. The presentation will focus on The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale and the work that went into making it accessible to modern audiences and how deafness and gender relate to the character of the Wife of Bath.

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  • This presentation explores diversity, disability, and ableism in The Canterbury Tales, focusing on The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale. The project provides student-created present-day English translations, audio recordings, and other resources in an online Omeka exhibit to make The Canterbury Tales accessible to modern audiences.

  • Medieval Literature, Language
  • None.

4 thoughts on “Diversity and Disability in “The Canterbury Tales””

  1. Tiffany Nascimento

    What a great presentation! I really enjoyed your insights and research on this. It’s been seven years since I have visited the Canterbury Tales and this has prompted me to return to it’s pages! Thanks!

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