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The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer (Cambridge Companions to Literature)by Piero Boitani
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This revised edition is based on the first edition which has become a classic in Chaucer studies. Important material has been updated in the text, and its contributions cover recent trends in literary theory as well as in studies of Chaucer's works. The bibliography has been completely revised to provide an indispensable guide for today's student of Chaucer. First Edition Hb (1986): 0-521-30422-9 First Edition Pb (1986): 0-521-31689-8
This second edition offers students a comprehensive introduction to Chaucer's work and life.
This revised edition of The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer is based on the first edition which has become a classic in Chaucer studies. Material has been updated, and new contributions have been commissioned to take into account recent trends in literary theory as well as in Chaucer studies.
This second edition continues the excellent tradition of the volume, offering students a comprehensive introduction to Chaucer??'s work and life.
About the Author
Piero Boitani is Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of English at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza'. He is the author of many volumes including The Tragic and the Sublime in Medieval Literature (Cambridge 1989), The Shadow of Ulysses. Figures of a Myth (1994) and The Bible and its Rewritings (1999).Jill Mann is Notre Dame Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. She has written extensively on Geoffrey Chaucer and medieval authors including Langland, Malory and the Gawain-poet. Her most recent book is Feminizing Chaucer (2002).
Table of Contents
1. The social and literary scene in England Paul Strohm; 2. Chaucer's French inheritance Ardis Butterfield; 3. Chaucer's Italian inheritance David Wallace; 4. Old books brought to life in dreams: the Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Parliament of Fowls Piero Boitani; 5. Telling the story in Troilus and Criseyde Mark Lambert; 6. Chance and destiny in Troilus and Criseyde and The Knight's Tale Jill Mann; 7. The Legend of Good Women Julia Boffey and A. S. G. Edwards; 8. The Canterbury Tales: personal drama or experiments in poetic variety? C. David Benson; 9. The Canterbury Tales I: Romance J. A. Burrow; 10. The Canterbury Tales II: Comedy Derek Pearsall; 11. The Canterbury Tales III: Pathos Robert Worth Frank, Jr; 12. The Canterbury Tales IV: Exemplum and fable A. C. Spearing; 13. Literary structures in Chaucer Barry A. Windeatt; 14. Chaucer's style Christopher Cannon; 15. Chaucer's presence and absence, 1400-1542 James Simpson; 16. New approaches to Chaucer Carolyn Dinshaw; 17. Further reading: a guide to Chaucer studies Joerg Fichte.
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