A Companion to Chaucer / Edition 1

A Companion to Chaucer / Edition 1

by Peter Brown
     
 

This stimulating and accessible volume is a helpful, reliable and adaptable resource for students of Chaucer at all levels.

Using an entirely new structure which highlights issues and themes, the Companion encourages movement across different Chaucerian compositions and beyond literary frames of reference, moving from textual analysis to cultural context

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Overview

This stimulating and accessible volume is a helpful, reliable and adaptable resource for students of Chaucer at all levels.

Using an entirely new structure which highlights issues and themes, the Companion encourages movement across different Chaucerian compositions and beyond literary frames of reference, moving from textual analysis to cultural context and back again.

Whether the reader of Chaucer is curious about language, Christianity, eroticism, astrology, concepts of the self, pilgrimage, violence, heresy, London, or any of a host of other topics, this book will provide food for thought. Each of these original and accessible essays, written by an internationally distinguished team of Chaucer scholars, provides an account of the key issues, applies these to specific passages in Chaucer's work and includes an annotated bibliography.

The chapters are arranged alphabetically by topic, and broken down into compact sections for ease of use. The Companion is also fully cross-referenced, encouraging students to explore particular themes further.

Designed both as a contribution to original research and as a text for students, A Companion to Chaucer is an essential resource for everyone involved in Chaucer studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631213321
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/11/2001
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
7.08(w) x 10.05(h) x 1.77(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
The Contributors
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations of Chaucer's Works
The Idea of a Chaucer Companion1
1Afterlife8
2Authority23
3Bodies40
4Chivalry58
5Christian Ideologies75
6Comedy90
7Contemporary English Writers114
8Crisis and Dissent133
9France149
10Games167
11Genre180
12Geography and Travel195
13Italy218
14Language235
15Life Histories251
16London266
17Love281
18Modes of Representation296
19Narrative312
20Other Thought-worlds332
21Pagan Survivals349
22Personal Identity360
23Science378
24Social Structures397
25Style414
26Texts428
27Translation443
28Visualizing459
29Women480
Index495

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