Chaucer and the City

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Literature of the city and the city in literature are topics of major contemporary interest. This volume enhances our understanding of Chaucer's iconic role as a London poet, defining the modern sense of London as a city in history, steeped in its medieval past. Building on recent work by historians on medieval London, as well as modern urban theory, the essays address the centrality of the city in Chaucer's work, and of Chaucer to a literature and a language of the city. Contributors explore the spatial extent ...

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Overview

Literature of the city and the city in literature are topics of major contemporary interest. This volume enhances our understanding of Chaucer's iconic role as a London poet, defining the modern sense of London as a city in history, steeped in its medieval past. Building on recent work by historians on medieval London, as well as modern urban theory, the essays address the centrality of the city in Chaucer's work, and of Chaucer to a literature and a language of the city. Contributors explore the spatial extent of the city, imaginatively and geographically; the diverse and sometimes violent relationships between communities, and the use of language to identify and speak for communities; the worlds of commerce, the aristocracy, law, and public order. A final section considers the longer history and memory of the medieval city beyond the devastations of the Great Fire and into the Victorian period. Dr ARDIS BUTTERFIELD is Reader in English at University College London. Contributors: ARDIS BUTTERFIELD, MARION TURNER, RUTH EVANS, BARBARA NOLAN, CHRISTOPHER CANNON, DEREK PEARSALL, HELEN COOPER, C. DAVID BENSON, ELLIOT KENDALL, JOHN SCATTERGOOD, PAUL DAVIS, HELEN PHILLIPS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843840732
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/18/2006
  • Series: Chaucer Studies , #37
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Chaucer and the detritus of the city 3
2 Greater London 25
3 The production of space in Chaucer's London 41
4 Chaucer's poetics of dwelling in Troilus and Criseyde 57
5 Chaucer and the language of London 79
6 The Canterbury tales and London club culture 95
7 London and Southwark poetic companies : 'Si tost c'amis' and the Canterbury tales 109
App An edition and translation of Renaud de Hoiland, 'Si tost c'amis' 117
8 Literary contests and London records in the Canterbury tales 129
9 The great household in the city : the Shipman's tale 145
10 London and money : Chaucer's Complaint to his purse 162
11 After the fire : Chaucer and urban poetics, 1666-1743 177
12 Chaucer and the nineteenth-century city 193
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