Chaucer's

Chaucer's "Troilus and Criseyde": A Poet's Response to Ockhamism

by Helen Ruth Andretta
     
 

Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde invites philosophical speculation because of its Boethian and nominalist elements. This study comprehensively reviews Ockhamism and its possible influence on Chaucer in his version of the Troy story. A close analysis of the anachronistic characterizations of Troilus, Criseyde, and Pandarus and of the images, words and

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Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde invites philosophical speculation because of its Boethian and nominalist elements. This study comprehensively reviews Ockhamism and its possible influence on Chaucer in his version of the Troy story. A close analysis of the anachronistic characterizations of Troilus, Criseyde, and Pandarus and of the images, words and discourse of the poem leads to the conclusion that Chaucer was a traditional scholastic thinker, thereby making the poem an artistic negative response to the skeptical philosophy of his time.

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«Professor Andretta's prose is exceptionally graceful on the usually ungraceful topics of scholastic epistemology and ontology, topics that can, at times, ruin the best of stylists. Also, her scholarly apparatus, her notes and bibliography, are generally quite inclusive and will provide an excellent entre for a student interested in moving beyond to the deeper quagmires of scholarly opinion on nominalism...This book is most welcome as an important part of the growing scholarly conversation about the relationship between Chaucer and the philosophy of nominalism.» (John Michael Crafton, Prolepsis)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820433615
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Series:
Studies in the Humanities Series: Literature - Politics - Society, #29
Pages:
201

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John Michael
Professor Andretta's prose is exceptionally graceful on the usually ungraceful topics of scholastic epistemology and ontology, topics that can, at times, ruin the best of stylists. Also, her scholarly apparatus, her notes and bibliography, are generally quite inclusive and will provide an excellent entre for a student interested in moving beyond to the deeper quagmires of scholarly opinion on nominalism...This book is most welcome as an important part of the growing scholarly conversation about the relationship between Chaucer and the philosophy of nominalism.-- (John Michael Crafton in Prolepsis)

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The Author: Helen Ruth Andretta is affiliated with the City University and State University Systems of New York. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her publications include Proceedings Papers emanating from her frequent readings at regional Christianity and Literature Conferences in the United States.

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