Canterbury Tales Remixed

Submitted by ctcamp on Wed, 07/31/2013 - 2:28pm

In Jan. 2012 in NYC, the Canadian rap artist Baba Brinkman was performing his one-man show, The Canterbury Tales Remixed, off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse. Was it any good, you ask? Judge for yourself: here's a portion of the Pardoner's Tale from the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can also listen to the General Prologue and more on Baba Brinkman's website.

Racy poem by a 16th c woman

Submitted by ctcamp on Wed, 07/31/2013 - 2:00pm

In 2011, Middle English scholar Elaine Treharne found a (slightly racy) Latin poem, written by a sixteent-century Englishwoman for her tutor, pasted into an early modern printing of Chaucer. You can read the whole story -- who the Englishwoman and her tutor were, why it's important that the poem is in Latin, and a translation of the poem itself -- at the Early Modern England website.

This is a legacy post from my previous website.