Geoffrey Chaucer

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Writers and Their Work

1996

March 1st, 1996

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This study of Geoffrey Chaucer addresses both recent theoretical approaches to his work, as well as various popular tropes – ‘Father of English Poetry’, poet of ‘Merrie England’ – that have enshrined his status within a nationalist ideology. Feminist criticism and the work of Bakhtin receive particular attention as two of the most prominent concerns in recent Chaucer studies, and new readings that reconsider the political and social context of his writings are also discussed. Full allowance is paid to his Chaucer’s pre-Tales works, alongside the Canterbury Tales themselves.

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Steve Ellis is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Birmingham.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half Title2
Title Page4
Copyright5
Dedication6
Contents8
Acknowledgements10
Biographical Outline12
A Note on the Text14
Introduction: The Chaucer Business16
1 Life, Works, Reputation21
2 Dreams, Texts, Truth32
3 Society, Sexuality, Spirituality40
4 Readers, Listeners, Audience48
5 Nature, Culture, Carnival55
6 Wives and Husbands64
7 Law and Order72
8 ‘The Father of English Poetry’77
Notes82
Glossary86
Select Bibliography88
Index96