A Companion to Chaucer / Edition 1

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Designed as both a contribution to original research and as a stimulating and accessible text, this volume is a helpful, reliable, responsive and adaptable resource for students of Chaucer at all levels.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This work, the latest entry in Blackwell's "Companions to Literature and Culture" series (e.g. Companion to Shakespeare), provides an inclusive and scholarly orientation to current theories and interpretations of Chaucer's works. Brown, director of the Canterbury Centre for Medieval and Tudor studies at the University of Kent and author of several books about Chaucer, selected 29 noted Chaucer scholars to write essays focusing on topics he considers key themes or issues such as chivalry, women, genre, love, science, pagan survivals, personal identity, and style. Each essay provides a summary of existing Chaucer scholarship, discusses key issues, analyzes passages of text, places Chaucer's texts into cultural context by examining the medieval point of view, and includes notes, references, and suggestions for further readings. The text updates Beryl Rowland's Companion to Chaucer Studies (1979) and will serve well as a one-volume introduction for new students. It also provides access to original research and new ideas sought by graduate students and faculty. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.--Shana C. Fair, Ohio Univ., Zanesville, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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‘This collection of accessible, informative essays providesstudents and teachers with a balance of textual analysis andcultural contexts designed to enhance the understanding ofChaucer's major and minor works . . . Both serious first-timereaders of Chaucer and veterans looking for credible information onmore recent avenues of inquiry will find this a valuable source ofinformation and bibliography.' Choice

"This work, the latest entry in Blackwell's "Companionsto Literature and Culture" series. . . provides an inclusive andscholarly orientation to current theories and interpretation ofChaucer's works." "Each essay. . . places Chaucer's texts intocultural context by examining the medieval point of view, andincludes notes, references, and suggestions for further readings."The text. . . will serve well as a one-volume introduction for newstudents. It also provides access to original research and newideas sought by graduate students and faculty." LibraryJournal

"Overall, this is useful book. providing an up-to-date survey ofthe state of Chaucer scholarship on a wide range of issues...itwill provoke interesting and educational debates in and out of theclassroom." Reference Reviews

"[This book] is both highly readable and rich in its diversity,a book which any Chaucerian, novice or seasoned, will often pick upsimply for the pleasure of browsing[...] Every student of Chaucer,from undergraduate to emiritus professor, will want to have accessto it." English Studies: A Journal of English Language andLiterature

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Meet the Author

Peter Brown is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Kent and Chair of its School of English. His publications include Reading Dreams: The Interpretation of Dreams from Chaucer to Shakespeare (editor and contributor), Chaucer at Work: The Making of the Canterbury Tales, and, with Andrew Butcher, The Age of Saturn: Literature and History in the Canterbury Tales.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
The Contributors
Abbreviations of Chaucer's Works
The Idea of a Chaucer Companion 1
1 Afterlife 8
2 Authority 23
3 Bodies 40
4 Chivalry 58
5 Christian Ideologies 75
6 Comedy 90
7 Contemporary English Writers 114
8 Crisis and Dissent 133
9 France 149
10 Games 167
11 Genre 180
12 Geography and Travel 195
13 Italy 218
14 Language 235
15 Life Histories 251
16 London 266
17 Love 281
18 Modes of Representation 296
19 Narrative 312
20 Other Thought-worlds 332
21 Pagan Survivals 349
22 Personal Identity 360
23 Science 378
24 Social Structures 397
25 Style 414
26 Texts 428
27 Translation 443
28 Visualizing 459
29 Women 480
Index 495
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