In this sensitive reading of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, Winthrop Wetherbee redefines the nature of Chaucer’s poetic vision. Using as a starting point Chaucer’s profound admiration for the achievement of Dante and the classical poets, Wetherbee sees the Troilus as much more than a courtly treatment of an event in ancient historyit is, he asserts, a major statement about the poetic tradition from which it emerges. Wetherbee demonstrates the evolution of the poet-narrator of the Troilus, who begins as a poet of romance, bound by the characters’ limited worldview, but who in the end becomes a poet capable of realizing the tragic and ultimately the spiritual implications of his story.
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Winthrop Wetherbee is Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Cornell University.
Table of Contents
Introduction1. The Narrator, Troilus, and the Poetic Agenda2. Love Psychology: The Troilus and the Roman de la Rose3. History versus the Individual: Vergil and Ovid in the Troilus4. Thebes and Troy: Statius and Dante's Statius5. Dante and the Troilus6. Character and Action: Criseyde and the Narrator7. Troilus Alone8. The Ending of the Troilus