Chaucer: An Oxford Guide / Edition 1

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The most comprehensive guide to Chaucer's work available, this volume features thirty-seven specially commissioned chapters by an international team of esteemed contributors. Offering work from both academics with long-standing reputations and newer voices in the field, it combines general essays that provide background and contextual information with detailed readings of specific Chaucerian texts. The book devotes an entire section to Chaucer's "afterlife," which considers his reputation in later periods, his influence on later writers, and his presence in modern and contemporary culture. Guides to further reading for each chapter and a chronology are also included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199259120
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/12/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 668
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Ellis is Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham. He has published widely on medieval and modern literature. Publications on Chaucer include: Geoffrey Chaucer, Writers and their Work (1996), Chaucer: the 'Canterbury Tales', (Longman Critical Readers, 1998) and Chaucer At Large: the Poet in the Modern Imagination (2000).

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Historical Contexts
1. Chaucer's Life, Ruth Evans
2. Society and Politics, S.H. Rigby
3. Nationhood, Ardis Butterfield
4. London, C. David Benson
5. Religion, Jim Rhodes
6. Chivalry, Mark Sherman
7. Literacy and Literary Production, Stephen Penn
8. Language: Phonology, Morphology, Meter, Donka Minkova
9. Philosophy, Richard Utz
10. Science, Jacqueline Tasioulas
11. Visual Culture, David Griffith
12. Sexuality, Alcuin Blamires
13. Identity and Subjecthood, John Ganim
14. Love and Marriage, Bernard O'Donoghue
Part 2. Literary Contexts
15. The Classical Background, Helen Cooper
16. The English Background, Wendy Scase
17. The French Background, Helen Phillips
18. The Italian Background, Nick Havely
19. The Bible, Valerie Edden
Part 3. Readings
20. Earlier 20th-Century Criticism, Elizabeth Robertson
21. Feminisms, Gail Ashton
22. The Carnivalesque, Marion Turner
23. Postmodernism, Barry Windeatt
24. New Historicism, Sylvia Federico
25. Queer Theory, Glenn Burger
26. Postcolonial Criticism, Jeffrey Cohen
27. Psychoanalytic Criticism, Patricia Ingham
Part 4. Afterlife
28. Editing Chaucer, Elizabeth Scala
29. Reception, 15th-17th Centuries, John Thompson
30. Reception, 18th-19th Centuries, David Matthews
31. Reception, 20th Century, Stephanie Trigg
32. Translations, Malcolm Andrew
33. Chaucer in Performance, Kevin J. Harty
34. Chaucer Today, Julian Wasserman
35. Chaucer and His Guides, Peter Brown
Part 5. Study Resources
36. Printed Study Resources, Mark Allen
37. Electronic Study Resources, Philippa Semper
Web site
1. Chaucer in Schools (UK), Mark Ryan
2. Chaucer in Schools (USA), Donna Dermond
3. Chaucer in Higher Education (UK), Rosalind Field
4. Chaucer in Higher Education (USA), Alan Baragona

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