Chaucer / Edition 1

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Overview

This comprehensive collection of the major critical views of Chaucer's works over time engages students with the entire critical history.

  • Introduces students to the critical discourse on Chaucer's works from a historical perspective.
  • Encourages students to make links between past and present criticism.
  • Foregrounds those modern approaches that are genuinely productive.
  • Avoids a formulaic approach through lively editorial commentary and judicious selection of texts.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The acuteness of Corinne Saunders's analyses makes this volume considerably more than a collection of critical extracts; it manages to be at once illuminating about Chaucer, Chaucerian criticism, and twentieth-century criticism in general, its range, its concerns, its disagreements, and its radical insights." Medium Aevum LXXI/2002

"Saunders's Chaucer is a thought-inspiring and highly recommended coursebook to use beside The Riverside Chaucer." English Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631217114
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Series: Blackwell Guides to Criticism Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Corinne Saunders is Lecturer at the University of Durham. Her previous publications include Forest of Medieval Romance (1993) and Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England (2001).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The Development of Chaucer Criticism 5
2 Chaucer's Reading and Audience: Critical Extracts 22
The English and European Literary Traditions 22
Chaucer: The Teller and the Tale 32
The Audience 43
3 Dream Vision Poetry: An Overview 57
4 Dream Vision Poetry: Critical Extracts 68
The Lady White and the White Tablet: The Book of the Duchess 68
'The Dido Episode' in The House of Fame 76
Chaucer's Fame and Her World: The Poem 83
Park of Paradise and Garden of Love 96
The Parliament of Fowls 101
The Narrator as Translator 115
Chaucer's Classical Legendary 121
5 Troilus and Criseyde: An Overview 129
6 Troilus and Criseyde: Critical Extracts 139
The Ending of 'Troilus' 139
The Heart and the Chain 150
Criseyde: Woman in Medieval Society 161
Coda: The Narrator 171
History versus Romance 177
7 The Canterbury Tales: An Overview 189
8 The Canterbury Tales: Critical Extracts 201
The Unity of the Canterbury Tales 201
The Esthetics of this Form 212
An Encyclopedia of Kinds 218
The Knight's Tale and Its Settings 239
Fabliau, Confession, Satire 250
Gems of Chastity 269
Anti-feminism 283
The Franklin's Tale 299
'Glose/Bele chose': The Wife of Bath and Her Glossators: Eunuch Hermeneutics 307
Epilogue 325
Bibliography 327
Index 350
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