This essay considers the ways in which incompleteness – the de facto status of virtually all of Middle English literature – is both a type of failure and a special characteristic of this literature. The discussion is framed around the incomplete Cook's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the Tale of Gamelyn, a romance frequently misattributed to Chaucer that circulated with the Canterbury Tales, often to fill the gap left by the incomplete Cook's Tale.
"(In)Completeness in Middle English Literature: The Case of the Cook’s Tale and the Tale of Gamelyn,"
Manuscript Studies: Vol. 1:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://repository.upenn.edu/mss_sims/vol1/iss1/7