By Corinne Saunders
This concise better half offers a succinct creation to Chaucer’s significant works, the contexts during which he wrote, and to medieval suggestion extra more often than not. Opens with a common introductory part discussing London existence and politics, books and authority, manuscripts and readers. next sections specialise in Chaucer’s significant works – the dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury stories. Essays spotlight the foremost spiritual, political and highbrow contexts for every significant paintings. additionally covers very important common themes, together with: medieval literary genres; dream thought; the Church; gender and sexuality; and studying Chaucer aloud. Designed in order that each one contextual essay will be learn along certainly one of Chaucer’s significant works.
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Oxford: Clarendon Press. David, Alfred (1976). The Strumpet Muse: Art and Morals in Chaucer’s Poetry. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Federico, Sylvia (2003). New Troy: Fantasies of Empire in the Later Middle Ages. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Knight, Stephen (1986). Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Blackwell. Lindahl, Carl (1987). Earnest Games: Folkloric Patterns in the Canterbury Tales. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Lindenbaum, Sheila (1999). ‘London Texts and Literate Practice’.
No single manuscript, for example, comprises the totality of Chaucer’s works that are included in the modern standard edition, the Riverside Chaucer. No manuscript has a layout that corresponds to its carefully set out pages, with line numbers, glosses, running heads and carefully regularized punctuation and orthography. Even forms of titles that we accept as standard are often modern inventions: no edition before the twentieth century seems to have called the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales the ‘General Prologue’, for instance.
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