Oxford Guides to Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales by Helen Cooper

Oxford Guides to Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

byHelen Cooper

Paperback | April 30, 1999

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The three Oxford Guides to Chaucer are written by scholars of international repute, with the purpose of summarizing what is known about his works and offering interpretations based on recent advances in both historical knowledge and theoretical understanding. They will provide readers atevery level with new interpretations and ideas, with essential and up-to-date information on such matters as dating and sources and with analyses of thematic issues, structure, style rhetoric and generic relations brought right up-to-date for this second paperback edition. Helen Cooper's volume on The Canterbury Tales tackles these matters both for the whole work and for each individual Tale. It also includes a survey of literary responses to the Tales over the two centuries following Chaucer's death. The book is perhaps the most comprehensive single-volume guideto the Tales yet produced, bringing together a wide range of disparate material and providing a readable commentry on all aspects of the work. It combines the comprehensive coverage of a reference book with the coherence of a critical account and since its first publication in 1989, has establisheditself as a standard work on the Tales.

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Helen Cooper is at University College, Oxford.
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Title:Oxford Guides to Chaucer: The Canterbury TalesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198711557

ISBN - 13:9780198711551

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'a sure-footed guide through very difficult scholarly terrain ... Dr Cooper's volume sets a dauntingly high standard for the execution of the aims of the series. Indeed, it is so good that I often feel that it should be kept out of the hands of my students since it makes otiose much of what Imight say to them and says a great deal that it had never occurred to me to say. It is a well written and reliable guide through a mass of material that largely transcends the limitations of its form to offer critical analysis of lasting value.'A.S.G. Edwards, University of Victoria, Archiv fur das Stadium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, 229. Band 144. Hargang 1. Halbjahresband 1992