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Title:
The Cambridge companion to Chaucer
Author:
Boitani, Piero.
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xiv, 317 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The Cambridge Chaucer companion / edited by Piero Boitani and Jill Mann. 1986.
Language:
English
Added Uniform Title:
Cambridge Chaucer companion.
ISBN:
9780521815567

9780521894678
Format :
Book

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Summary

The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer is an extensively revised version of the first edition, which has become a classic in the field. This new volume responds to the success of the first edition and to recent debates in Chaucer Studies. Important material has been updated, and new contributions have been commissioned to take into account recent trends in literary theory as well as in studies of Chaucer's works. New chapters cover the literary inheritance traceable in his works to French and Italian sources, his style, as well as new approaches to his work. Other topics covered include the social and literary scene in England in Chaucer's time, and comedy, pathos and romance in the Canterbury Tales. The volume now offers a useful chronology, and the bibliography has been entirely updated to provide an indispensable guide for today's student of Chaucer.


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Choice Review

Updated from its first edition (The Cambridge Chaucer Companion, also edited by Boitani and Mann, CH, Sep'87), this companion remains both a reader-friendly introduction to Chaucer and a thought-provoking gathering of contemporary scholarly readings. The volume is intended not as a definitive statement on current Chaucer criticism but instead as a reflection of the views of the contributors, all internationally respected scholars. Of its 16 essays, five are new, and those from the first edition have been updated as needed. Half of the essays focus on Chaucer's major works. The majority of the others explore historical background and Chaucer's influences. Two concern Chaucer's less-known works; for example, Julia Boffey and A.S.G. Edwards concentrate on The Legend of Good Women, a work that has recently attracted much critical attention but was scarcely noted when the first edition came out. In the last essay, Carolyn Dinshaw discusses current scholarship and explains why Chaucer is important in the 21st century. The final chapter is still Joerg's Fichte's guide to further reading, updated to include major works published since 1986. Because the first edition contains several excellent essays now removed, this edition should be considered a necessary addition rather than a replacement. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. L. J. Larson Our Lady of the Lake University


Table of Contents

1 The social and literary scene in EnglandPaul Strohm
2 Chaucer's French inheritanceArdis Butterfield
3 Chaucer's Italian inheritanceDavid Wallace
4 Old books brought to life in dreams: the Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Parliament of FowlsPiero Boitani
5 Telling the story in Troilus and CriseydeMark Lambert
6 Chance and destiny in Troilus and Criseyde and The Knight's TaleJill Mann
7 The Legend of Good WomenJulia 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: RomanceJ. A. Burrow
10 The Canterbury Tales II: ComedyDerek Pearsall
11 The Canterbury Tales
III Pathos Robert WorthFrank, Jr
12 The Canterbury Tales
IV Exemplum and fable A. C. Spearing
13 Literary structures in ChaucerBarry A. Windeatt
14 Chaucer's styleChristopher Cannon
15 Chaucer's presence and absence, 1400-1542James Simpson
16 New approaches to ChaucerCarolyn Dinshaw
17 Further reading: a guide to Chaucer studiesJoerg Fichte

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