The Legend of Good Women

The Legend of Good Women

by Geoffrey Chaucer
     
 

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This critical edition of the text brings together for the first time full manuscript variants and the results of recent palaeographical and codicological work on the manuscripts. It differs from earlier editions in attempting to identify textual originality from the quality of variant readings, and in giving grounds, in the analysis of variants, for the identification… See more details below

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This critical edition of the text brings together for the first time full manuscript variants and the results of recent palaeographical and codicological work on the manuscripts. It differs from earlier editions in attempting to identify textual originality from the quality of variant readings, and in giving grounds, in the analysis of variants, for the identification of the likelier derivative variant. The textual apparatus records not only all substantive variants but also morphological and spelling variants where there is potential ambiguity or where the form of a variant would seem to indicate the direction of variation. In their choice and treatment of copy text (Bodleian Library MS Tanner 346) the editors have adhered to the principle that the copy text is to be chosen for the appropriateness of its accidentals, and have maintained the distinction between accidentals and substantive readings which has not often been valued or observed in the editing of Chaucer. In examining the differences between the text of the Prologue to The Legend of Good Women in Cambridge University Library MS Gg. 4.27 and that preserved in the other manuscripts of the poem, the editors address the problem of distinguishing between authorial and scribal variation.

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Library Journal
Good women, and men interested in women in literature but not familiar with Middle English, will welcome this book. Other translations, like this one accurate and readable, are available; but the advantage of McMillan's is her introduction. She situates the poem historically, compares it to sources and analogues, explains the conventions of the catalogue tradition, and explicates the text, thus rendering Chaucer's work more accessible to general readers. Specialists will find McMillan's views both historically aware and shaped by recent feminist scholarship. An excellent bibliographical essay adds to the value of this first-rate work. Margaret Hallissy, English Dept., Long Island Univ., C.W. Post Ctr., Greenvale, N.Y.

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ISBN-13:
9781605018072
Publisher:
MobileReference
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Mobi Classics
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