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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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:
9780631235903
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/21/2002
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series, #91
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

The Contributors ix

Acknowledgements xv

Abbreviations of Chaucer's Works xvi

The Idea of a Chaucer Companion 1
Peter Brown

1 Afterlife 8
Carolyn Collette

2 Authority 23
Andrew Galloway

3 Bodies 40
Linda Ehrsam Voigts

4 Chivalry 58
Derek Brewer

5 Christian Ideologies 75
Nicholas Watson

6 Comedy 90
Laura Kendrick

7 Contemporary English Writers 114
James Simpson

8 Crisis and Dissent 133
Alcuin Blamires

9 France 149
Michael Hanly

10 Games 167
Malcolm Andrew

11 Genre 180
Caroline D. Eckhardt

12 Geography and Travel 195
Scott D. Westrem

13 Italy 218
David Wallace

14 Language 235
David Burnley

15 Life Histories 251
Janette Dillon

16 London 266
Michael Hanrahan

17 Love 281
Helen Phillips

18 Modes of Representation 296
Edward Wheatley

19 Narrative 312
Robert R. Edwards

20 Other Thought-worlds 332
Susanna Fein

21 Pagan Survivals 349
John M. Fyler

22 Personal Identity 360
Lynn Staley

23 Science 378
Irma Taavitsainen

24 Social Structures 397
Robert Swanson

25 Style 414
John F. Plummer

26 Texts 428
Tim William Machan

27 Translation 443
Roger Ellis

28 Visualizing 459
Sarah Stanbury

29 Women 480
Nicky Hallett

Index 495

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