Chaucer: Contemporary Critical Essays

Chaucer: Contemporary Critical Essays

by Valerie Allen, Ares Axiotis


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Over the last few decades, literary criticism has come increasingly to consider its relation to politics, socio-economics, gender, psychoanalysis, language and cultural values. Chaucer's most popular and widely-studied work, The Canterbury Tales, boasts a body of criticism which well reflects the diversity of scholarly readings, from the New Critical to the postmodern. The essays gathered here offer the student some of the best and most provocative readings of the Tales as well as a wide range of critical approaches. The editors' introduction outlines these developing schools of Chaucerian criticism against the background of the history of literary criticism itself, giving students an illuminating context in which to assess the complex and rewarding work of this great poet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333565032
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 04/07/1997
Series: New Casebooks
Edition description: 1997
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.- General Editors' Preface.- Introduction: Postmodern Chaucer; V.Allen & A.Axiotis.- 'Ars-Metrik': Science, Satire, and Chaucer's Summoner; T.D.O'Brien.- 'Allone, Withouten Any Compaignye': Privacy in the First Fragment of The Canterbury Tales; P.Goodall.- The Pardoner's Homosexuality and How It Matters; M.E.McAlpine.- Surface and Secret in The Knight's Tale; B.Bergan.- Boccaccio's Filocolo and the Moral Argument of The Franklin's Tale; G.Morgan.- Slaying Python: Marriage and Misogyny in a Chaucerian Text; S.Delany.- Eunuch Hermeneutics; C.Dinshaw.- The Subversive Discourse of the Wife of Bath: Phallocentric Discourse and the Imprisonment of Criticism; R.B.Straus.- Chaucer's Maiden's Head: The Physician's Tale and the Poetics of Virginity; R.H.Bloch.- The Canterbury Tales; S.Knight.- 'No Man His Reson Herde': Peasant Consciousness, Chaucer's Miller, and the Structure of The Canterbury Tales; L.Patterson.- Criticism, Anti-Semitism, and The Prioress's Tale; L.O.Fradenburg.- 'Newe Science' from 'Olde Bokes': A Bakhtinian Approach to The Summoner's Tale; J.Andreas.- The Franklin's Tale: Chaucer and Medusa; R.A.Shoaf.- Further Reading.- Notes on Contributors.- Index.

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