An Introduction to the Canterbury Tales: Fiction, Writing, Context

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März 2000



This introduction to the Canterbury Tales is accessible to first-time readers of Chaucer and is also a significant critical study in its own right. It gives full separate readings of each tale, together with clear expositions of the historical and literary backgrounds. Using modern theoretical perspectives, the book focuses particularly on gender, political and narratological approaches. The humour in the Tales and Chaucer's gifts for story-telling and dialogue are rooted in an extraordinary perceptiveness about timeless subjects such as human vanity, class-consciousness, snobbery, rivalry, robust honesty and self-sacrificing love. This book provides both a clear guide to all aspects of the Canterbury Tales and insight into why it continues to be of importance to modern readers.


Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales.- The General Prologue.- The Knight's Tale.- The Miller's Tale.- The Reeve's Tale.- The Cook's Tale.- The Man of Law's Tale.- The Wife of Bath's Tale.- The Friar's and Summoner's Tales.- The Clerk's Tale.- The Merchant's Tale.- The Squire's and Franklin's Tale.- The Physician's Tale.- The Pardoner's Tale.- The Shipman's Tale.- The Prioress's Tale.- Sir Thopas and Melibee.- The Monk's Tale.- The Nun's Priest's Tale.- The Second Nun's Tale.- The Canon Yeoman's Tale.- The Manciple's Tale.- The Parson's Tale.- Bibliography.- Index.


HELEN PHILLIPS is Professor of English Studies at Cardiff University, UK.
EAN: 9780312227401
ISBN: 031222740X
Untertitel: 2000. Auflage. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2000
Seitenanzahl: 262 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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