Oxford Guides to Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde

Oxford Guides to Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde

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by Barry Windeatt
     
 

The three Oxford Guides to Chaucer are written by scholars of international repute, with the purpose of summarizing what is known about his works and offering interpretations based on recent advances in both historical knowledge and theoretical understanding. Barry Windeatt's volume on Troilus and Criseyde examines the poem that is Chaucer's most ambitious single… See more details below

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The three Oxford Guides to Chaucer are written by scholars of international repute, with the purpose of summarizing what is known about his works and offering interpretations based on recent advances in both historical knowledge and theoretical understanding. Barry Windeatt's volume on Troilus and Criseyde examines the poem that is Chaucer's most ambitious single achievement, his masterpiece, and one of the very finest narrative poems in the English language. The story of love fulfilled and trust betrayed - of how Troilus and Criseyde discover love, and how she abandons him for Diomede after her departure from Troy - is presented by Chaucer with profound insight into human character and explored through its philosophical and spiritual dimensions. This Oxford Guide is the most comprehensive introduction to Troilus and Criseyde yet produced. It includes the fullest and most convenient account of Chaucer's imaginative use of his sources, the first extended analysis of the poem's originality of genre, and a readable commentary on all aspects of the work, its structure, themes, characterization, and style. It also contains a survey of literary responses to Troilus in the three centuries following Chaucer's death. The Guide combines the informative substance of a reference book with the coherence of a critical reading, and is set to establish itself as a standard work on Troilus and Criseyde.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198111948
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Series:
Oxford Guides to Chaucer Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.94(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Abbreviations
Introduction1
Bibliographical Note2
Date3
Text12
Sources37
Genre138
Structure180
Themes212
Style314
Imitation and Allusion, c.1385-1700360
Bibliography383
Index407

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