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Norman 2000 Hardcover Volume 7 in Variorum Chaucer Series. 368 pages. Hardcover. Brand new book. ENGLISH LITERATURE. 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. (Key Words: Geoffrey Chaucer, Read more Show Less

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806131474
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • 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
Introduction 3
Critical Commentary 3
Authorship 3
Date of Composition 24
The Nature of the Translation 27
Chaucer and the Roman de la Rose 32
Textual Commentary 46
Description of the Manuscript 46
The Misplaced Leaves 48
Theories on the Makeup of the Manuscript's Original 50
The Manuscript Hands: The Scribe (MS[subscript 1]) 51
The Manuscript Hands: The Corrections 52
Other Marginalia 53
The Printer's Marks (MS[subscript 2e]) 55
The Glasgow MS and the Thynne Print 56
Relation of MS to the Present Edition 56
Descriptions of the Printed Editions 57
The Romaunt of the Rose 71
Bibliographical Index 317
General Index 335
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