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An Introduction To The Canterbury Tales
     

An Introduction To The Canterbury Tales

by Helen Phillips
 
This introduction to the Canterbury Tales is accessible to first-time readers of Chaucer and is also a significant critical study in its own right. It gives full separate readings of each tale, together with clear expositions of the historical and literary backgrounds. Using modern theoretical perspectives, the book focuses particularly on gender, political

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This introduction to the Canterbury Tales is accessible to first-time readers of Chaucer and is also a significant critical study in its own right. It gives full separate readings of each tale, together with clear expositions of the historical and literary backgrounds. Using modern theoretical perspectives, the book focuses particularly on gender, political and narratological approaches. The humour in the Tales and Chaucer's gifts for story-telling and dialogue are rooted in an extraordinary perceptiveness about timeless subjects such as human vanity, class-consciousness, snobbery, rivalry, robust honesty and self-sacrificing love. This book provides both a clear guide to all aspects of the Canterbury Tales and insight into why it continues to be of importance to modern readers.

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An introduction to Chaucer's work which employs a number of critical theoretical approaches, including feminist, narrative, and historical, to counter previous views of Chaucer as an essentially cautious, politically conservative writer. Examining the chapter by chapter, Phillips (English studies, U. of Glamorgan) explores Chaucer's treatment of class and gender politics, the changes in the Catholic church, the role of narrative authors and audiences, and Christian Europe's attitudes towards Islam and Judaism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312227395
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

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'A clear contextual study of the Canterbury Tales, invaluable to teachers and students.' - Maria Jones, University of Wolverhampton

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HELEN PHILLIPS is Professor of English Studies at Cardiff University, UK.

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