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Chaucer

ISBN: 978-0-631-21712-1
368 pages
December 2001, ©2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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This comprehensive collection of the major critical views of Chaucer's works over time engages students with the entire critical history.

  • Introduces students to the critical discourse on Chaucer's works from a historical perspective.
  • Encourages students to make links between past and present criticism.
  • Foregrounds those modern approaches that are genuinely productive.
  • Avoids a formulaic approach through lively editorial commentary and judicious selection of texts.
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Introduction.

Part I: The Development of Chaucer Criticism:.

Chaucer's Reading and Audience: Critical Extracts.

'The English and European Literary Traditions': Derek Brewer:.

Introduction.

Reading.

From 'Chaucer: The Teller and the Tale': Gabriel Joipovici:.

Introduction.

Reading.

From 'Audience': Paul Strohm:.

Introduction.

Reading.

PArt II: Dream Vision Poetry:.

Dream Vision Poetry: Critical Extracts.

'The Lady White and the White Tablet: The Book of the Duchess': Judith Ferster:.

Introduction.

Reading.

' "The Dido Episode," in The House of Fame': Wolfgang Clemen.

Introduction.

Reading.

'Chaucer's Fame and Her World: The Poem': Piero Boitani:.

Introduction.

Reading.

'Park of Paradise and Garden of Love': J. A. W. Bennett:.

Introduction.

Reading.

'The Parliament of Fowls': A. C. Spearing:.

Introduction.

Reading.

'The Narrator as Translator': Donald W. Rowe:.

Introduction.

Reading.

'Chaucer's Classical Legendary': Lisa J. Kiser:.

Introduction.

Reading.

Part III: Troilus and Criseyde:.

Troilus and Criseyde: Critical Extracts.

From 'The Ending of Troilus': E. Talbot Donaldson:.

Introduction.

Reading.

From 'The Heart and the Chain': John Leyerle:.

Introduction.

Reading.

From 'Criseyde: Woman in Medieval Society': David Aers:.

Introduction.

Reading.

'Coda: The Narrator': B David Benson:.

Introduction.

Reading.

'History versus Romance': Lee Patterson.

PArt IV: The Canterbury Tales:.

The Canterbury Tales: Critical Extracts.

From 'The Unity of the Canterbury Tales': Robert M. Jordan:.

Introduction.

Reading.

'The Esthetics of this Form': Donald R. Howard:.

Introduction.

Reading.

'An Encyclopedia of Kinds': Helen Cooper:.

Introduction.

Reading.

From ' The Night's Tale and Its Settings': V. A. Kolve:.

Introduction.

Reading.

'Fabliau, Confession, Satire': W. A. Davenport:.

Introduction.

Reading.

'Gems of Chastity': Ian Bishop:.

Introduction.

Reading.

From 'Antifeminism': Jill Mann:.

Introduction.

Reading.

From 'The Franklin's Tale': Angela Jane Weisl:.

Introduction.

Reading.

From 'Glose/Bele Chose: The Wife of Bath and Her Glossators' and 'Eunuch Hermeneutics': Carolyn Dinshaw:.

Introduction.

Reading.

Bibliography.

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Corinne Saunders is Lecturer at the University of Durham. Her previous publications include Forest of Medieval Romance (1993) and Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England (2001).
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  • Introduces students to the critical discourse on Chaucer's works from a historical perspective.
  • Encourages students to make links between past and present criticism.
  • Foregrounds those modern approaches that are genuinely productive.
  • Avoids a formulaic approach through lively editorial commentary and judicious selection of texts.
See More
"The acuteness of Corinne Saunders's analyses makes this volume considerably more than a collection of critical extracts; it manages to be at once illuminating about Chaucer, Chaucerian criticism, and twentieth-century criticism in general, its range, its concerns, its disagreements, and its radical insights." Medium Aevum LXXI/2002

"Saunders's Chaucer is a thought-inspiring and highly recommended coursebook to use beside The Riverside Chaucer." English Studies

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