The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer / Edition 2

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Overview

This revised edition is based on the first edition which has become a classic in Chaucer studies. Important material has been updated in the text, and its contributions cover recent trends in literary theory as well as in studies of Chaucer's works. The bibliography has been completely revised to provide an indispensable guide for today's student of Chaucer. First Edition Hb (1986): 0-521-30422-9 First Edition Pb (1986): 0-521-31689-8
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'The Anglo-Italian editorial team is to be congratulated for giving new focus to what has become a classic guide to England's greatest mediaeval poet.' Contemporary Review

'The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer is appealing to both scholars and students who are already familiar with Chaucer but wish to achieve a greater understanding of this major medieval poet. The various voiced herein further dialogue with him, contribute significantly to the field of Chaucer studies, contextualize Chaucer's major works, and underscore the classical reputation of the Cambridge series.' Sixteenth Century Journal

'The first edition, sound, intelligent, and rich as it is, has been an important resource and orientation point both for students and for scholars for almost two decades … the editors' decision to eschew an essay formula has born fruit in liveliness and originality as well as intellectual richness.' English Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521894678
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 1,259,266
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Piero Boitani is Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of English at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza'. He is the author of many volumes including The Tragic and the Sublime in Medieval Literature (Cambridge 1989), The Shadow of Ulysses. Figures of a Myth (1994) and The Bible and its Rewritings (1999).

Jill Mann is Notre Dame Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. She has written extensively on Geoffrey Chaucer and medieval authors including Langland, Malory and the Gawain-poet. Her most recent book is Feminizing Chaucer (2002).

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Table of Contents

1. The social and literary scene in England Paul Strohm; 2. Chaucer's French inheritance Ardis Butterfield; 3. Chaucer's Italian inheritance David Wallace; 4. Old books brought to life in dreams: the Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Parliament of Fowls Piero Boitani; 5. Telling the story in Troilus and Criseyde Mark Lambert; 6. Chance and destiny in Troilus and Criseyde and The Knight's Tale Jill Mann; 7. The Legend of Good Women Julia Boffey and A. S. G. Edwards; 8. The Canterbury Tales: personal drama or experiments in poetic variety? C. David Benson; 9. The Canterbury Tales I: Romance J. A. Burrow; 10. The Canterbury Tales II: Comedy Derek Pearsall; 11. The Canterbury Tales III: Pathos Robert Worth Frank, Jr.; 12. The Canterbury Tales IV: Exemplum and fable A. C. Spearing; 13. Literary structures in Chaucer Barry A. Windeatt; 14. Chaucer's style Christopher Cannon; 15. Chaucer's presence and absence, 1400–1542 James Simpson; 16. New approaches to Chaucer Carolyn Dinshaw; 17. Further reading: a guide to Chaucer studies Joerg Fichte.
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