The Romaunt of the Rose and Le Roman de la Rose

The Romaunt of the Rose and Le Roman de la Rose

by Geoffrey Chaucer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0806131470

ISBN-13: 9780806131474

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

The Romaunt of the Rose translates in abridged form a long dream vision, part elegant romance, part rollicking satire, written in France during the thirteenth century. The French original, Le Roman de la Rose, had a profound influence on Chaucer, who says he translated the work. From the sixteenth century to the mid-nineteenth, scholars assumed that the Romaunt

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The Romaunt of the Rose translates in abridged form a long dream vision, part elegant romance, part rollicking satire, written in France during the thirteenth century. The French original, Le Roman de la Rose, had a profound influence on Chaucer, who says he translated the work. From the sixteenth century to the mid-nineteenth, scholars assumed that the Romaunt comprised large fragments of that translation. Subsequent debates have divided the Romaunt into two or three segments, and proffered arguments that Chaucer was responsible for one or more of them, or for none. The current consensus is that he almost certainly wrote the first 1,705 lines.

Charles Dahlberg’s edition of the Romaunt provides a full summary of scholarship on the question of authorship as well as other important topics, including a useful survey of the influence of the French poem on Chaucer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806131474
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Variorum Chaucer Series
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 10.34(h) x 1.23(d)

Table of Contents

General Editors' Preface
Preface
A Brief Guide to the Use of This Edition
Abbreviations and Sigils
Introduction3
Critical Commentary3
Authorship3
Date of Composition24
The Nature of the Translation27
Chaucer and the Roman de la Rose32
Textual Commentary46
Description of the Manuscript46
The Misplaced Leaves48
Theories on the Makeup of the Manuscript's Original50
The Manuscript Hands: The Scribe (MS[subscript 1])51
The Manuscript Hands: The Corrections52
Other Marginalia53
The Printer's Marks (MS[subscript 2e])55
The Glasgow MS and the Thynne Print56
Relation of MS to the Present Edition56
Descriptions of the Printed Editions57
The Romaunt of the Rose71
Bibliographical Index317
General Index335

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