An Introduction To The Canterbury Tales

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This critical study of The Canterbury Tales contains full separate readings of each tale, together with clear exposition of historical and literary background. The book approaches Chaucer through modern theoretical perspectives, focusing particularly on gender, political and narratological approaches, and it also presents critical views of Chaucer from the past. Chaucer's reputation as a bawdy humorist and proto-novelist, specializing in character, realism and irony, is re-examined in more modern and subtle terms...

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Overview

This critical study of The Canterbury Tales contains full separate readings of each tale, together with clear exposition of historical and literary background. The book approaches Chaucer through modern theoretical perspectives, focusing particularly on gender, political and narratological approaches, and it also presents critical views of Chaucer from the past. Chaucer's reputation as a bawdy humorist and proto-novelist, specializing in character, realism and irony, is re-examined in more modern and subtle terms than the traditional picture usually associated with him.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312227395
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Phillips is Senior Lecturer at the University of Glamorgan.

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Table of Contents

Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales
The General Prologue
• The Knight's Tale
• The Miller's Tale
• The Reeve's Tale
• The Cook's Tale
• The Man of Law's Tale
• The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
• The Friar's
and Summoner's Tales
• The Clerk's Tale
• The Merchant's Tale
• The Squire's
and The Franklin's Tales
• The Physician's Tale
• The Pardoner's Tale
• The Shipman's Tale
• The Prioress's Tale
• Sir Thopas
and Melibee
• The Monk's Tale
• The Nun's Priest's Tale
• The Second Nun's Tale
• The Canon's Yeoman's Tale
• The Manciple's Tale
• The Parson's Tale

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