Chaucer, Boccaccio, and the Debate of Love: A Comparative Study of The Decameron and The Canterbury…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byN. S. Thompson

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AlthoughThe Decameron and The Canterbury Tales have often been linked, this is the first ever major study of the two most popular collections of medieval framed narratives to examine them both beyond shared general similarities and also to look at the search for individual analogue or sourcematerial, which has proved so inconclusive. Thus, the present study examines the texts and their internal dynamics primarily as a whole and reveals many surprising similarities which have hitherto remained unnoticed. The two collections are examined in the light of their literary diversity, theirshape as a form of quodlibet debate, their discussion of literature and its autonomy using the oppositions of utile diletto and 'sentence' 'solaas', and the specific way that individual narratives are treated so as to create a labyrinthine web for the reader to both negotiate and enjoy.

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AlthoughThe Decameron and The Canterbury Tales have often been linked, this is the first ever major study of the two most popular collections of medieval framed narratives to examine them both beyond shared general similarities and also to look at the search for individual analogue or sourcematerial, which has proved so inconclusive. T...

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Although the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales have often been linked, this is the first ever major study of the two most popular medieval collections of framed narratives to examine the texts as a whole. The present study goes well beyond shared general similarities and the inconclusive search for source or analogue material in order...

N. S. Thompson is at Christ Church, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:364 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`concise contextualization is one of the main virtues of this book ... The close reading and comparison of individual tales and groups of tales is mostly cogent and well balanced ... this is a useful, engaging, and often eloquent work that should help both industrious students and busyprofessors of medieval studies to clarify, if not to resolve, one of Chaucer's most enduring and labyrinthine 'enigmas'.'Nick Havely, University of York, MLR, vol 93, no 4, 1998