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Engaging with Chaucer
Practice, Authority, Reading
Edited by C.W.R.D. Moseley
226 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-999-0 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (November 2020)
ISBN 978-1-78920-971-6 $27.95/£22.95 Pb Not Yet Published (November 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-476-6 eBook Not Yet Published
Why do we still read and discuss Chaucer? The answer may be simple: he is fun, and he challenges our intelligence and questions our certainties. This collected volume represents an homage to a toweringly great poet, as well as an acknowledgement of the intellectual excitement, challenges, and pleasure that readers owe to him as even today, his poems have the capacity to change the way we engage with fundamental questions of knowledge, understanding, and beauty.
C.W.R.D. Moseley teaches in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge, and has been Director of Studies in English for several colleges of the university as well as Program Director of the university’s International Summer Schools in English Literature and Shakespeare.
Subject: Media Studies Cultural Studies (General)
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Introduction: ‘The craft so long to lerne…’
Chapter 1. ‘And gret wel Chaucer whan ye mete’: Chaucer’s Earliest Readers, Addresses and Audiences
Chapter 2. Unhap, Misadventures, Infortune: Chaucer’s Vocabulary of Mischance
Chapter 3. Chaucer’s Tears
Chapter 4. In Appreciation of Metrical Abnormality: Headless Lines and Initial Inversion in Chaucer
Chapter 5. Blanche, Two Chaucers and the Stanley Family: Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess
Chapter 6. ‘Tu Numeris Elementa Ligas’: The Consolation of Nature’s Numbers in Parlement of Foulys
Chapter 7. Troilus and Criseyde and the ‘Parfit Blisse of Love’
Chapter 8. Hateful Contraries in ‘The Merchant’s Tale’
John M. Fyler
Chapter 9. String Theory and ‘The Man of Law’s Tale’: Where is Constancy?
William A. Quinn
Chapter 10. The Pardoner’s Passing and How It Matters: Gender, Relics and Speech Acts
Alex da Costa
Chapter 11. ‘Double Sorrow’: The Complexity of Compaint in Chaucer’s Anelida and Arcite and Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid
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