Chaucer and the Poets: An Essay on Troilus and Criseyde

Chaucer and the Poets: An Essay on Troilus and Criseyde

by Winthrop Wetherbee


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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 history—it 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501707230
Publisher: Longleaf Services on Behalf of Cornell University
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Winthrop Wetherbee is Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

1. The Narrator, Troilus, and the Poetic Agenda
2. Love Psychology: The Troilus and the Roman de la Rose
3. History versus the Individual: Vergil and Ovid in the Troilus
4. Thebes and Troy: Statius and Dante's Statius
5. Dante and the Troilus
6. Character and Action: Criseyde and the Narrator
7. Troilus Alone
8. The Ending of the Troilus

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