The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

by Douglas Gray
     
 

With over 2,000 entries from an international team of scholars, this new Oxford Companion provides a wealth of clear, up-to-date assessments on all aspects of Chaucer. Entries, both short and long, from "Aaron" to "Zodiac," provide information on Chaucer's life and times, his works and the characteristics in them, his language and meter, his

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With over 2,000 entries from an international team of scholars, this new Oxford Companion provides a wealth of clear, up-to-date assessments on all aspects of Chaucer. Entries, both short and long, from "Aaron" to "Zodiac," provide information on Chaucer's life and times, his works and the characteristics in them, his language and meter, his reading and the creative uses he made of it, and on his major moral and literary themes. Extensive reference is also made to the development of critical opinion about his works over the centuries. Complete with a chronology, a note to readers, illustrations, and extensive cross-referencing, this is a fascinating, practical guide to readers of Chaucer at every level.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language Emeritus at Oxford, Gray has edited this excellent companion to Chaucer, which includes over 2000 entries written by international scholars. The alphabetically arranged entries impart information on almost all aspects of Chaucer, including his life, his works, his family and friends, his characters and themes, his language and versification, his sources, persons and places mentioned in his work, the use he made of his reading, his scientific knowledge (especially that of astronomy), and the prominent ideas in his work. Of note is the entry on Chaucer criticism, divided into two sections, the first covering criticism since his death up to the early 20th century and the second covering later criticism, from 1930 to the present. Interestingly, the first part compares critical views on the poet's works and traces the history of Chaucerian criticism down through the ages on both sides of the Atlantic. The second part deals not only with modern critical views, including those of New Criticism, Historical Criticism, dogmatic moralism, reflectionism, and feminism, but also with the aspects of Chaucer's works neglected in contemporary criticism. Quotations from Chaucer are in Middle English, and references to his works are from The Riverside Chaucer, edited by Larry D. Benson. Also containing a chronology, a guide to readers, and extensive cross and bibliographic references, this major work is helpful to Chaucer readership at all levels and can be called a complete encyclopedia of Chaucer. Essential for all academic and large public libraries.-Aparna Zambare, Central Michigan Univ. Libs., Mount Pleasant Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198117650
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Gray is J. R. R. Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language Emeritus at the University of Oxford.

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