Reading Chaucer: Selected Essays by Peter BrownReading Chaucer: Selected Essays by Peter Brown

Reading Chaucer: Selected Essays

byPeter Brown

Paperback | October 25, 2013

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This volume contains ten essays, principally on Chaucer, but also on other English writers of the period such as John Gower, Ranulph Higden and Thomas Hoccleve. The Chaucerian focus includes the dream visions and Troilus and Criseyde as well as the Canterbury Tales.
Reading Chaucer is divided into three sections, on Borderlands, Interiors and After-Images. The essays are representative of methods and approaches to Chaucer that are central to current scholarship: textual criticism, interdisciplinarity, manuscript study, cultural context, iconography, close reading and historicism. The book provides a coherent and authoritative introduction to some of the key frameworks – literary, political, social, scientific, aesthetic and religious – within which Chaucer’s works are now read, while covering the full range of his writings and the defining genres of his creative moment, including the chronicle, romance, fabliau and petition.
Peter Brown is Professor of Medieval English Literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury. He has been reading Chaucer and contextual materials throughout his professional life and has authored or edited a number of books on Chaucer and medieval literature, including The Age of Saturn (1991; with the medieval historian Andrew But...
Title:Reading Chaucer: Selected EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:October 25, 2013Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3034309333

ISBN - 13:9783034309332


Table of Contents

Contents: Higden’s Britain – On the Borders of Middle English Dream Visions – Towards a Bohemian Reading of Troilus and Criseyde – The Prison of Theseus and the Castle of JalousieShot wyndowe (Miller’s Tale, I. 3358 and 3695): An Open and Shut Case? – The Containment of Symkyn: The Function of Space in the Reeve’s Tale – An Optical Theme in the Merchant’s Tale – Is the Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale Apocryphal? – Journey’s End: The Prologue to the Tale of Beryn.