An Introduction to the "Canterbury Tales": Reading, Fiction and Context

An Introduction to the "Canterbury Tales": Reading, Fiction and Context

By: Helen Phillips (author)Paperback

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This introduction to the "Canterbury Tales" for students 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.

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HELEN PHILLIPS is Professor of English Studies at Cardiff University, UK.


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

Product Details

  • publication date: 21/12/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780333636817
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780333636817
  • weight: 330
  • ISBN10: 0333636813

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