Chaucer: Contemporary Approaches

Paperback | February 14, 2011

EditorSusanna Fein, David Raybin

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Chaucer was an extraordinary writer who expressed the tenor of his times with ingenious verbal facility and a profound sympathy for the human condition. Like his original work, the ongoing study of his life, writings, and culture reflects the questions, conversations, and scholarly approaches of contemporary society. A renaissance of sorts in Chaucer studies has been flourishing in recent years, led by the scholars represented in this volume. They continue to chart a course for the next generation of work on Chaucer and medieval English literary studies.

Susanna Fein and David Raybin, editors of The Chaucer Review, have organized this volume to showcase those strands of inquiry and perspectives that are yielding exhilarating new slants on the poetic records of the Middle Ages. By combining twenty-first-century theoretical orientations and material perspectives, each of the twelve essays here adds contemporary relevance to our reading of Chaucer while remaining strongly grounded in his critical legacy. Using these methods to explore Chaucer's relationship to place, his contemporary sociolinguistic environment, and issues of humor, gender, and literary and political forces in his works, Chaucer: Contemporary Approaches not only presents experienced and budding scholars alike with an overview of modern approaches, but also provides a blueprint for Chaucer studies into the future.

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Chaucer was an extraordinary writer who expressed the tenor of his times with ingenious verbal facility and a profound sympathy for the human condition. Like his original work, the ongoing study of his life, writings, and culture reflects the questions, conversations, and scholarly approaches of contemporary society. A renaissance of s...

Susanna Fein is Professor of English at Kent State University and co-editor of The Chaucer Review.David Raybin is Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University and co-editor of The Chaucer Review.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.99 × 6.03 × 0.71 inPublished:February 14, 2011Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271035684

ISBN - 13:9780271035680

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgments

Susanna Fein and David Raybin

I. Chaucer’s Places

1. Italy

Robert R. Edwards

2. France

Ardis Butterfield

3. England

Kathy Lavezzo

II. Chaucer’s Audiences

4. Manuscripts and Scribes

Simon Horobin

5. Receptions: Medieval, Tudor, Modern

Seth Lerer

III. Chaucer and Language

6. Language in Use

Karla Taylor

7. Colonialism, Latinity, and Resistance

John M. Bowers

IV. Reenvisioning Chaucer

8. Humor in Perspective

Laura Kendrick

9. Dream Poems

A. C. Spearing

10. Gender and Sexuality

Glenn Burger

11. Literary History

Steven Justice

Bibliography

Editors and Contributors

Index

Editorial Reviews

“This volume admirably achieves its goal to sketch out the scholarly successes in Chaucer studies. . . . [T]he chapters in this volume succeed in articulating the impressive contributions made by the current generations of Chaucer scholars and in offering a clear sense of the promising future that lies ahead.”

—Deanne Williams, Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies