A Reader's Guide to Geoffrey Chaucer

A Reader's Guide to Geoffrey Chaucer

by Muriel Bowden

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Overview

This is a reissue of Muriel Bowden's 1964 introduction to Chaucer which argues that an examination of his works is not valid without a consideration of the 14th-century environment in which they were created. An initial broad discussion of Chaucer's life and works is followed by three sections which examine the influence of 14th-century social principles, religion, philosophy, chivalry and literature on The Canterbury Tales , the Love-Vision poems and Troilus and Criseyde . Although this book is now almost forty years old, its argument remains a valid one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815606963
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2001
Series: Reader's Guide Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Part IGeneral Observations on the Milieu of Geoffrey Chaucer--His Time and His Place1
Part IIThe Canterbury Tales15
1The Influence of Chaucer's Chivalric World17
2The Influence of Chaucer's Religious and Philosophic World46
3The Influence of Chaucer's Scientific World94
4The Influence of Chaucer's Everyday World106
5The Influence of Chaucer's World of Literature135
Part IIIThe Love-Vision Poems141
1The Book of the Duchess145
2The House of Fame149
3The Parliament of Fowls155
4The F-(B-) Prologue to the Legend of Good Women166
Part IVTroilus and Criseyde173
1The Influence of Chaucer's Chivalric World177
2The Influence of Chaucer's Philosophic World185
3Minor Influences190
4The Influence of Chaucer's World of Literature193
Selected Glossary196
Selected Bibliography207
Index211

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