Chaucer's Tragic Muse: The Paganization of Christian Tragedy (Studies in Mediaeval Literature v.23)

Chaucer's Tragic Muse: The Paganization of Christian Tragedy (Studies in Mediaeval Literature v.23)

By: Christine Herold (author)Hardback

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Dr. Herold, in a searching and emotionally-engaged study, finds the "missing links" in the history of Western tragedy. She traces the deep and multi-layered currents of tragic thought that passed from the Greco-Roman into the medieval Christian world. Dr. Herold shows that without an understanding of the depth and complexities of the Roman tragic vision, the Medieval Christian one is impossible to grasp.


Chapter Page; 1. Introduction: A Unified Theory Of Tragedy 1; 2. The Philosophy, Theology, And Literature Of Tragedy In The Middle Ages 19; The Philosophy of Tragedy in the Middle Ages 19; Plato's Good and The Comedy of Tragedy 19; Mos Senecae: Pagan, Philosopher, Tragedian, Martyr 24; Boethius: A Bridge between Classical and Christian Conceptionsof Tragedy 25; The Theology of Tragedy in the Middle Ages 40; Augustine: Tragedy, Nostalgia, and Divine Justice 41; Jerome: Job's Spiritual Son, or Riding the Whirlwind 47; Tertullian: Vox Clamans Spectacula Dei 54; Isidore of Seville and Bede: The Avant-garde of Medieval Literary Criticism 63; Honorius: Do It Again, Sir Priest! 66; The Twelfth-century Renascence 68; Aquinas: medicinas poenales 71; Nicholas Trevet: oblectamenti tragoediae Senecae 77; The Literature of Tragedy in the Middle Ages 93; Ovid: "Musa nec in plausus ambitiosa est" 93; Virgil: "sic, sic iuvat ire sub umbras" 100; Seneca: "se necans" 102; Lucan: "Cupias quodcumque necesse est," and Statius 109; Jean de Meun: The Dreamer Laughs in the Face of Reason 116; Dante 120; Boccaccio: Conventus Dolentium 122; Chaucer 125; 3. Seneca's Conception Of Fortune And Medieval Tragedy 127; Introduction 127; Senecan Tragedy: Matrix for a Christian Tragedy 128; Seneca's Fortune 132; Boethian Senecanism 136; Chaucer's Unfortunate Monk 140; 4. Tragedy In Chaucer's Early Works 149; Introduction 149; The Book of the Duchess 150; The Short Poems 157; The House of Fame 162; The Parliament of Fowls and The Legend of Good Women 187; 5. Tragedy In Troilus And Criseyde And The Canterbury Tales 191; Introduction 191; Troilus and Criseyde 193; The Canterbury Tales 206; The Second Nun's Prologue and Tale 206; The Clerk's Tale 208; The Nun's Priest's Tale 212; 6. Conclusion 219; Notes 225; Bibliography 306; Index 315

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  • ISBN13: 9780773468559
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780773468559
  • ISBN10: 0773468552

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