The YouTube Prioress: Anti-Semitism and Twenty-First Century Participatory Culture

  • Candace Barrington
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


For most twenty-first century American parents and schoolteachers, Chaucer’s fourteenth-century Canterbury Tales does not easily fit their notions of suitable literature for children, and the fit does not become much easier for their notions of what teens should read. Besides Chaucer’s undeniably alien English verse, the content of the tales poses a problem for presenting them to young readers. Many of his tales are forthrightly indecorous, featuring adultery, thievery, violence, sex, and—to the horror of parents and the delight of the younger set—farting. More problematic, however, are the tales presenting values incongruent with many contemporary values. How should young readers be introduced to such characters as Griselda or Constance, who suffer greatly rather than disobey their husbands? And how do we explain Virginia, who is beheaded by her father to prevent her rape by an unscrupulous judge?


Young Reader Digital Storytelling Helicopter Parenting British Poetry Student Production 
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