An Introduction To The Canterbury Tales

An Introduction To The Canterbury Tales

by Helen Phillips
     
 

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

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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 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312227395
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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