By Corinne Saunders
This concise spouse offers a succinct creation to Chaucer’s significant works, the contexts during which he wrote, and to medieval suggestion extra more often than not. Opens with a basic introductory part discussing London existence and politics, books and authority, manuscripts and readers. next sections concentrate on Chaucer’s significant works – the dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury stories. Essays spotlight the main non secular, political and highbrow contexts for every significant paintings. additionally covers vital basic issues, together with: medieval literary genres; dream idea; the Church; gender and sexuality; and interpreting Chaucer aloud. Designed in order that every one contextual essay may be learn along one in all Chaucer’s significant works.
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There is furthermore much evidence to support the hypothesis that Chaucer engaged in what has been termed ‘rolling revision’, returning to compositions with modifications and adaptations as they suggested themselves over the course of time, but taking no pains to ensure that these were incorporated into versions of his works already in circulation (see Hanna 1988 for further discussion of this). Among the shorter lyrics, ‘Truth’ survives in two distinct states and, like ‘Fortune’ and ‘The Complaint of Chaucer to his Purse’, apparently circulated both with and without an envoy, as if possibly used for different contingencies at different moments.
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