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Author Minnis, A. J. (Alastair J.)
Title The Cambridge Introduction to Chaucer / Alastair Minnis
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014
book jacket
 Chinese Lit.&Phi. Lib.  873.412 M665    AVAILABLE    30580003214066
Descript ix, 167 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Cambridge introductions to literature
Cambridge introductions to literature
Note "Geoffrey Chaucer is the best-known and most widely read of all medieval British writers, famous for his scurrilous humour and biting satire against the vices and absurdities of his age. Yet he was also a poet of passionate love, sensitive to issues of gender and sexual difference, fascinated by the ideological differences between the pagan past and the Christian present, and a man of science, knowledgeable in astronomy, astrology and alchemy. This concise book is an ideal starting point for study of all his major poems, particularly The Canterbury Tales, to which two chapters are devoted. It offers close readings of individual texts, presenting various possibilities for interpretation, and includes discussion of Chaucer's life, career, historical context and literary influences. An account of the various ways in which he has been understood over the centuries leads into an up-to-date, annotated guide to further reading"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
Machine generated contents note: Introduction: life and historical contexts; 1. Love and lore: the shorter poems; 2. Fictions of antiquity: Troilus and Criseyde and The Legend of Good Women; 3. The Canterbury Tales, I: war, love, laughter; 4. The Canterbury Tales, II: experience and authority; Afterword; Guide to further reading
Subject Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 -- Criticism and interpretation
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