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The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer


  • Page extent: 336 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.66 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 821/.1
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PR1924 .C28 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Chaucer, Geoffrey,---1400--Criticism and interpretation--Handbooks, manuals, etc

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521815567 | ISBN-10: 0521815568)

The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer is an extensively revised version of the first edition, which has become a classic in the field. This new volume responds to the success of the first edition and to recent debates in Chaucer Studies. Important material has been updated, and new contributions have been commissioned to take into account recent trends in literary theory as well as in studies of Chaucer's works. New chapters cover the literary inheritance traceable in his works to French and Italian sources, his style, as well as new approaches to his work. Other topics covered include the social and literary scene in England in Chaucer's time, and comedy, pathos and romance in the Canterbury Tales. The volume now offers a useful chronology, and the bibliography has been entirely updated to provide an indispensable guide for today's student of Chaucer.

• Important new edition of a hugely popular and indispensable guide to Chaucer, with updated material and new contributions by experts in the field • Offers a broad range of approaches, including historical, thematic and theoretical chapters • Includes a chronology and guide to further reading


1. The social and literary scene in England Paul Strohm; 2. Chaucer's French inheritance Ardis Butterfield; 3. Chaucer's Italian inheritance David Wallace; 4. Old books brought to life in dreams: the Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Parliament of Fowls Piero Boitani; 5. Telling the story in Troilus and Criseyde Mark Lambert; 6. Chance and destiny in Troilus and Criseyde and The Knight's Tale Jill Mann; 7. The Legend of Good Women Julia Boffey and A. S. G. Edwards; 8. The Canterbury Tales: personal drama or experiments in poetic variety? C. David Benson; 9. The Canterbury Tales I: Romance J. A. Burrow; 10. The Canterbury Tales II: Comedy Derek Pearsall; 11. The Canterbury Tales III: Pathos Robert Worth Frank, Jr.; 12. The Canterbury Tales IV: Exemplum and fable A. C. Spearing; 13. Literary structures in Chaucer Barry A. Windeatt; 14. Chaucer's style Christopher Cannon; 15. Chaucer's presence and absence, 1400–1542 James Simpson; 16. New approaches to Chaucer Carolyn Dinshaw; 17. Further reading: a guide to Chaucer studies Joerg Fichte.


'The Anglo-Italian editorial team is to be congratulated for giving new focus to what has become a classic guide to England's greatest mediaeval poet.' Contemporary Review

'The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer is appealing to both scholars and students who are already familiar with Chaucer but wish to achieve a greater understanding of this major medieval poet. The various voiced herein further dialogue with him, contribute significantly to the field of Chaucer studies, contextualize Chaucer's major works, and underscore the classical reputation of the Cambridge series.' Sixteenth Century Journal

'The first edition, sound, intelligent, and rich as it is, has been an important resource and orientation point both for students and for scholars for almost two decades … the editors' decision to eschew an essay formula has born fruit in liveliness and originality as well as intellectual richness.' English Studies


Paul Strohm, Ardis Butterfield, David Wallace, Piero Boitani, Mark Lambert, Jill Mann, Julia Boffey, A. S. G. Edwards, C. David Benson, J. A. Burrow, Derek Pearsall, Robert Worth Frank, Jr, A. C. Spearing, Barry A. Windeatt, Christopher Cannon, James Simpson, Carolyn Dinshaw, Joerg Fichte

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