The Canterbury Tales: Revised and Contemporized
Write a contemporary tale that illustrates some aspect of our own 21st Century society. Be sure that your tale provides a window into our world so that readers in the distant future may gain insights into what citizens in our society value and enjoy. Like Chaucer, you may choose to write in any genre that you prefer. *A Genre of the Tales, appears at the end of this document; it shows each of the genres used by Chaucer and shows which of his tales fall into various categories. You may wish to read more of the Canterbury Tales to generate your own ideas for the contest.
Tale must be typed, double- spaced, 12 pt. font/Times New Roman
Tale must have a title and reflect 21st Century character traits (social class, habits, values, styles, appearances, morals, lack of morals, etc.)
Tale must descriptively reveal some aspect of 21st century culture, social classes, trends, lifestyles, professions, sports, entertainment, education, politics, religion, etc.
Tales may be set in local, state, or national regions
Tales must be between 3-5 pages in length
In planning your 21st Century tale, how would you rank the social order in American society? Compare and contrast Medieval vs. Contemporary Societiesâ€™ economic/social class structures.
Make it FUN, make it REAL!
*Genre of Chaucerâ€™s Tales
(for use as possible models)
Genre Defined Example
Chivalric Romance tale of love, adventure, knightly Knightâ€™s Tale
Knightly conflict and pageantry Squireâ€™s Tale
Myth creating or recreating a myth Mancipleâ€™s Tale
Mock-Heroic ridicules, by imitation, chivalric Nunâ€™s Priestâ€™s Tale
Literature and heroic characters
Beast Fable Animals are given human Nunâ€™s Priestâ€™s Tale
qualities and are involved in
tales that teach a moral lesson
Mock-Romance ridicules the chivalric romance Chaucerâ€™s Tale #1
Jokes humorous incidents that ridicule Friarâ€™s Tale
people Summonerâ€™s Tale
Canonâ€™s Yeomanâ€™s T.
Fabliau stories based on clever tricks Millerâ€™s Tale
that involve infidelity Skipperâ€™s Tale
Sermon an oratory preaching a Parsonâ€™s Tale
A Christian message
Exemplum a sermon that illustrates a Pardonerâ€™s Tale
known moral lesson
Saintâ€™s Legend tales of inspirational acts Second Nunâ€™s Tale
Miracle of the Virgin tales in which the Virgin Mary Prioressâ€™s Tale
Miraculously aids a follower
in time of need
Moral Tale tales to inspire moral conduct Physicianâ€™s Tale
in the listener Clericâ€™s Tale
(Miltner, Robert. The Canterbury Tales. United States of America: The Center for Learning 31.)