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"Towering achievement of Western culture" is debatable (although I personally agree with it). Qazsedcftgbhujmkol (talk) 16:53, 13 January 2010 (UTC)
I agree; I think it should be clear to the Editors that that's an opinion which needs to be referenced for support. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 10:08, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
The claim in the introduction that "Chaucer created literature's first known unreliable narrator" is neither true nor supported by citation. Indeed just following the link to the wiki page Unreliable narrator shows claims of earlier texts (including Arabian Nights) featuring unreliable narrators, with citations to back them up.
I notice that the article is inconsistently capitalized and italicized. Is the proper title "The Canterbury Tales" (in which case I guess "The" should be capitalized and italicized) or just "Canterbury Tales" (perhaps like the Odyssey)? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 09:36, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the alert. The Canterbury Tales task force has just recently been formed. We're still in an early organizational phase, but one (I hope) of the first things we'll be doing in the coming weeks is developing a "mini style sheet" for topics like this, and then beginning to bring articles up to speed. Anyone is welcome to join, comment, or just gawk.
...and for the record, my unofficial opinion is: The Canterbury Tales; but with the option of removing the "The" for grammatical purposes, as in: Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Phil wink (talk) 23:45, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
To be frank, I find it more than a little annoying that while there are sections and articles about the "order" of the tales included, nowhere can one find an actual listing of the stories with their actual titles. The best one can do is click on each abbreviation one at a time, which is ridiculously inconvenient. I honestly feel that this is an example of "academic snobbery"; it seems to have been clearly written by an "Academic," writing for other Academics *only,* and that defeats the purpose of Wikipedia. Think about it.
The article asserts that the Decameron "features a number of narrators who tell stories along a journey they have undertaken (to flee from the Black Plague)." This is a little inaccurate. When the Decameron stories are told, the narrators are already at their destination (the villa outside Florence).