New PDF release: A Concise Companion to Chaucer (Concise Companions to

By Corinne Saunders

ISBN-10: 1405113871

ISBN-13: 9781405113878

ISBN-10: 140511388X

ISBN-13: 9781405113885

This concise spouse offers a succinct creation to Chaucer’s significant works, the contexts during which he wrote, and to medieval idea extra normally. Opens with a common introductory part discussing London lifestyles and politics, books and authority, manuscripts and readers. next sections concentrate on Chaucer’s significant works – the dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury stories. Essays spotlight the most important spiritual, political and highbrow contexts for every significant paintings. additionally covers very important basic themes, together with: medieval literary genres; dream conception; the Church; gender and sexuality; and examining Chaucer aloud. Designed in order that each one contextual essay should be learn along certainly one of Chaucer’s significant works.

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They serve only to remind us, once again, of how little we really know about the manuscript culture in which Chaucer wrote. Living as we do in a culture where the technology of writing is so advanced as to make pen and paper close to obsolete, it requires a considerable effort of historical adjustment to remind ourselves that Chaucer lived in a world where paper or parchment (a form of treated membrane) were very expensive, and pens hand-made and not necessarily reliable. We cannot even say with certainty that Chaucer employed such materials when he wrote his initial drafts.

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His writing was heavily influenced by Italian literature; without texts such as Dante’s Divine Comedy and Boccaccio’s Il Filostrato [The One Prostrated by Love], Chaucer’s major works could not have been written. One recent critic has suggested that the politics of the Canterbury Tales are consistently shaped by Chaucer’s engagement with contrasting Italian political forms: the polity of the city-state, represented by Dante and Boccaccio, and the hierarchical horrors of tyranny, represented by the poet of the Visconti, Petrarch (Wallace 1997).

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