New Readings of Chaucer's Poetry

Overview

This collection of essays makes available a wide range of new scholarship on Chaucer's poetry. Opening essays address the issues of "Chaucerian representation" and "Chaucerian poetics", arguing for the multiplicity and complexity of what Chaucer "represents" and for the importance of his dual Anglo-French background in enabling him to articulate that complexity. Chaucer's use of Ovidian and Ciceronian sources and ideas is examined, and his pursuit of simplicity and suspicion of "delicacy"; the potent issues of ...
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Overview

This collection of essays makes available a wide range of new scholarship on Chaucer's poetry. Opening essays address the issues of "Chaucerian representation" and "Chaucerian poetics", arguing for the multiplicity and complexity of what Chaucer "represents" and for the importance of his dual Anglo-French background in enabling him to articulate that complexity. Chaucer's use of Ovidian and Ciceronian sources and ideas is examined, and his pursuit of simplicity and suspicion of "delicacy"; the potent issues of sexuality and spirituality, and money and death (with Chaucer's own ending and his thoughts on last things) complete the collection. Contributors: DEREK BREWER, HELEN COOPER, PAUL DOWER, JOHN V. FLEMING, JOHN HILL, TRAUGOTT LAWLER, CELIA LEWIS, R. BARTON PALMER, WILLIAM PROVOST, JOHN PLUMMER, WILLIAM ROGERS.
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A fascinating snapshot of contemporary scholarship. MEDIUM AEVUMThe collection is worth reading and offers some papers that constitute an advancement in Chaucer studies. ANGLIA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859917780
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Series: Chaucer Studies, #31
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
I Chaucerian Representation 7
II Chaucerian Poetics 31
The Best Line in Ovid and the Worst 51
Delicacy vs. Truth: Defining Moral Heroism in the Canterbury Tales 75
Chaucer's Endings 91
'Beth fructuous and that in litel space': The Engendering of Harry Bailly 107
Thinking about Money in Chaucer's Shipman's Tale 119
Framing Fiction with Death: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the Plague 139
Aristocratic Friendship in Troilus and Criseyde: Pandarus, Courtly Love and Ciceronian Brotherhood in Troy 165
Chaucer's Legend of Good Women: The Narrator's Tale 183
Index 195
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