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Chaucerian Spaces: Spatial Poetics in Chaucer's Opening Tales


Examines affect and the significance of space and place in the first six Canterbury Tales.
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Examines affect and the significance of space and place in the first six Canterbury Tales.
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Editorial Reviews

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“…Woods’s monograph on Chaucerian spaces is a welcome addition to current scholarly interest in space and place … [it] is a well-written and thought-provoking book which combines close attention to language and narrative with the new perspective which space offers as a method of enquiry. This book will appeal to both students and academics and will no doubt stimulate further research into Chaucer’s spatial poetics.” — Medium Ævum

“Woods’s human ethos, engaging manner, and deep experience with Chaucer’s texts, as well as his intimate familiarity with critical conversations of the 1980s and 1990s, animate his first book … Woods provides beautifully crafted and balanced readings for the tales he treats.” — Speculum – A Journal of Medieval Studies

“Chaucerian Spaces is usually thought-provoking, often entertaining … those interested in arguments about space and placement in Chaucer will find it well worth examining.” — Journal of English and Germanic Philology

“This is a thoughtful, well-written study that can be recommended to students encountering Chaucer for the first time as well as to specialists.” — Review of English Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791474884
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: SUNY Series in Medieval Studies
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William F. Woods is Professor of English at Wichita State University.

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Table of Contents


1. Dwelling Places of Chivalry and Nature

2. Alysoun the Housewife

3. The Solace of Open Spaces

4. Symkyn’s Place

5. Changing Places

6. The Riches of Exilic Space

7. The Domestic Market

8. The Exile and Her Kingdom

9. Chaucer’s Spatial Poetics


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