A Concise Companion to Chaucer / Edition 1

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This concise companion provides a succinct introduction to Chaucer’s major works, the contexts in which he wrote, and to medieval thought more generally.

  • Opens with a general introductory section discussing London life and politics, books and authority, manuscripts and readers.
  • Subsequent sections focus on Chaucer’s major works – the dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury Tales.
  • Essays highlight the key religious, political and intellectual contexts for each major work.
  • Also covers important general topics, including: medieval literary genres; dream theory; the Church; gender and sexuality; and reading Chaucer aloud.
  • Designed so that each contextual essay can be read alongside one of Chaucer’s major works.
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Meet the Author

Corinne Saunders is Reader in Medieval Literature at the University of Durham. Her previous publications include The Forest of Medieval Romance (1993), Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England (2001), Chaucer (2001) in the Blackwell Guides to Criticism series, and A Companion to Romance: From Classical to Contemporary (Blackwell Publishing, 2004).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.


Notes on Contributors.

Note on Edition.

Introduction: Corinne Saunders (University of Durham).

Part I: Chaucer in Context.

1 Politics and London life: Marion Turner (King’s CollegeLondon).

2 Manuscripts and audience: Julia Boffey (Queen Mary, Universityof London) and A. S. G. Edwards (University of Victoria,Canada).

3 Books and authority: Robert F. Yeager (University ofWestFlorida).

Part II: Dream visions.

4 Dreaming: Steven F. Kruger (City University of New York).

5 Courtly writing: Barry Windeatt (Emmanuel College,Cambridge).

Part III: Troilus and Criseyde.

6 Love in Wartime: Troilus and Criseyde as TrojanHistory: Andrew Lynch (University of Western Australia).

7 Love and the Making of the Self: Troilus and Criseyde:Corinne Saunders (University of Durham).

8 Tragedy and Romance in Chaucer’s ‘Litel Bok’of Troilus and Criseyde: Norman Klassen (Trinity WesternUniversity, BC).

Part IV: The Canterbury Tales.

9 Genre in and of the Canterbury Tales: Judith Ferster(North Carolina State University).

10 Morality and Immorality: Richard Firth Green (Ohio StateUniversity).

11 Marriage, Sexuality and the Family: Neil Cartlidge(University College Dublin).

12 Christianity and the Church: John C. Hirsh (GeorgetownUniversity).

Part V.

13 Reading Chaucer Aloud: David Fuller (University ofDurham).


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