A collection of 11 essays written over the past 20 years that represent a variety of critical approaches, including reader-response theory, deconstruction, and gender and queer theory. Treatments of conquest in the Knight's Tale and of Dante and the poetics of Troilus and Criseyde were written for the volume. The shape of performance, the disenchanted self, the wife of Bath and her glossators, and allegory and irony in the nun's priest tale are among the other topics. The introduction traces the critique of Chaucer since the end of World War II. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.