Geoffrey Chaucer

Building the Fragments of the Canterbury Tales

Author: Jerome Mandel

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 257

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As he examines the seven multitale fragments of the Canterbury Tales, Jerome Mandel reveals Chaucer's working concepts of artistic arrangement. Each chapter focuses upon the principles underlying Chaucer's construction of the fragments and shows how carefully Chaucer integrated all the parts into an artistic whole. In building the fragments, Chaucer adhered to principles of order that he invented, defined for himself, or discovered among the writers that he read. Chaucer never finished the Canterbury Tales. Knowing which stories he had at hand and realizing which stories he had yet to write, he began the process of arranging the tales sometime between 1387 and his death in 1400. He designed the order in which he wanted some of the tales to be read, wrote prologues and links, and manipulated the structure, themes, and characters of those tales he designated for each individual fragment. The same artistic techniques of contrast, cross-referencing, and leitmotif which unify the individual tales, he used to unify the multitale fragments and to ensure the coherence of the whole project. Even when they do not share the same tone, point of view, narrator, or genre, the tales within each fragment belong together because they share the same themes and types of characters and, perhaps most indicative of Chaucer's ideas of order, they share the same structure. These parallels, which pervade every fragment of the Canterbury Tales, insist that certain tales, and no others, be joined to form a coherent aesthetic unit. Therefore, each fragment, regardless of its intended position in a overall scheme which Chaucer never completed, is a coherent work of art. By examining the methods Chaucer used to link the tales into clearly defined and coherent fragments, Professor Mandel shows how Chaucer designed and built the tales to fit together with mutual coherence. In the process, his book enlarges our awareness of Chaucer's creative richness by uncovering all manner of previously unnoticed excellences in one of the more neglected areas of Chaucer's art in the Canterbury Tales. This book is full of pleasant surprises. Not only do we discover the principles that governed Chaucer's choices but we discover that the tales Chaucer linked, especially in the two-tale fragments, are more like each other than they are like any other tale in the collection. Learned and original, the book provides exciting insights into the way Chaucer constructed the individual fragments of the Canterbury Tales and thus improves our understanding of the craft that Chaucer found "so long to lerne."

Geoffrey Chaucer

Author: G. A. Rudd

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Geoffrey Chaucer in Context

Author: Ian Johnson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 498

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Provides a rich and varied reference resource, illuminating the different contexts for Chaucer and his work.

A Complete Concordance to the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer

Edited by Akio Oizumi. Vol. 16: A Lexicon of Troilus and Criseyde, vol. I: A - G With the assistance of Kunihiro Miki.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer

Publisher: Georg Olms Verlag


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 376

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Band 16.1 der zehnbändige KWIC-Konkordanz zum Gesamtwerk Geoffrey Chaucers. Diese ermöglicht der Forschung erstmals, vollständige und systematische Untersuchungen an Chaucers Sprache und Texten durchzuführen. Mediävisten und Historiker der englischen Sprache erhalten damit ein Standardwerk wissenschaftlicher Arbeit. Die Konkordanz zu Chaucer basiert auf der Ausgabe „The Riverside Chaucer“, hrsg. von Larry Dean Benson (Boston, 1987 und Oxford, 1988), der heute international verbindlichen Ausgabe. Diese computer-gestützte Chaucer-Konkordanz ersetzt das von Hand erstellte Werk von Tatlock und Kennedy (1927), dem die heute veraltete „Globe-Edition“ zugrunde liegt.

Geoffrey Chaucer (Authors in Context)

Author: Peter Brown

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Chaucer lived through a period of extraordinary upheaval: a protracted war with France, devastating plague, the peasants' revolt, religious controversy, and the overthrow of the king. Compact and comprehensive, this book offers a wide-ranging account of the medieval society from which works such as The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde sprang, and shows how these and other works manifest that society in fictional form. Significant aspects of the literary scene, such as patronage, audience, and performance, help to place Chaucer's practices in their historical framework, and his treatment of love, paganism, and reality are framed within their intellectual and philosophical contexts. The modern reception of Chaucer in film and television adaptations is also examined. Seen through the lens of his cultural experience, this is the perfect critical companion to Chaucer's life and poetry. The book includes a chronology of Chaucer's life and time, suggestions for further reading, websites, illustrations, and a comprehensive index. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

A Casebook

Author: Lee Patterson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 241

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The ten essays selected for this book illuminate the central themes of the most frequently taught Canterbury Tales. These texts are appropriate for undergraduates and general readers and were edited carefully to ensure that references and allusions are explained in footnotes. Theoretical excursus and critical jousting have been either simplified or omitted entirely. At the end of each essay is an annotated list of further readings. The volumes editor is one of the most distinguished active Chaucerian scholars in the world.

Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucerian and Other Pieces

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.


Category: Fiction

Page: 696

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It is impossible to overstate the importance of English poet GEOFFREY CHAUCER (c. 1343 c. 1400) to the development of literature in the English language. His writings which were popular during his own lifetime with the nobility as well as with the increasingly literate merchant class marked the first celebration of the English vernacular as a tongue worthy of literary endeavor, most notably in his unfinished narrative poem The Canterbury Tales, the format and structure of which continues to be imitated by writers today. But the impact of Chaucer s work was felt even into the 16th and 17th centuries, when the first major collections of his writings set a high standard for how authors should be presented to the reading public. This widely esteemed seven-volume set first published in the 1890s by British academic WALTER WILLIAM SKEAT (1835 1912), Erlington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Cambridge University is based solely on Chaucer s original manuscripts and the earliest available published works (with any significant variations or deviations between versions highlighted in the extensive notes), and comes complete with Skeat s informative commentary on many passages. Volume VII features works generally appended to collections of Chaucer s work, and sometimes attributed to him, including: Thomas Usk: The Testament of Love The Plowmans Tale Jack Upland John Gower: The Praise of Peace Thomas Hoccleve: The Letter of Cupid John Lydgate: The Complaint of the Black Knight Sir Richard Ros: A Balade: Warning Men to Beware of Deceitful Women and more.