Chaucer's Legendary Good Women

Chaucer's Legendary Good Women

by Florence Percival
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521416558

ISBN-13: 9780521416559

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Chaucer's Legend of Good Women is a testament to the disparate views of women prevalent in the Middle Ages. Dr. Percival contends that the complex medieval notion of Woman informs the structure of the poem: in the Prologue Chaucer praises conventional ideas of female virtue, while in the Legends he demonstrates a humorous skepticism, apparently influenced by a

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Chaucer's Legend of Good Women is a testament to the disparate views of women prevalent in the Middle Ages. Dr. Percival contends that the complex medieval notion of Woman informs the structure of the poem: in the Prologue Chaucer praises conventional ideas of female virtue, while in the Legends he demonstrates a humorous skepticism, apparently influenced by a contemporary antifeminist tradition. This is a comprehensive account of the Legend's interpretative puzzles, which does not ignore the element of political writing and adds to a close and nuanced reading of the text an examination of literary, historical and social contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521416559
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series, #38
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Chaucer's Good Woman: 1. The good woman: the daisy; 2. Alceste: the good woman of legend; 3. The good woman: a legendary beast? Part II. The God of Love: 4. The God of love; 5. The accusation; 6. The defence: tyrants of Lombardy; 7. The defence: Matere and Entente; Part III. The Palinode: The Legends of a Good Woman: 8. Ariadne: the ladies and the critics; 9. Medea: the ladies and their reputations; 10. Cleopatra: legend of Cupid's saint; 11. Dido: composite woman; 12. Lucrece: too good to be true? 13. Phyllis and inherited male perfidy; Part IV. The Legend as Courtly Game: Epilogue.

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