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Chaucers The Canterbury Tales Gail Ashton

Chaucers The Canterbury Tales

Gail Ashton

Published December 25th 2007
ISBN : 9780826489364
Paperback
128 pages
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This fresh and comprehensive guide to Chaucers most famous poem The Canterbury Tales introduces readers to Chaucers life and times and reconsiders both the impact and the context of its inception. It carefully details Chaucers cultural andMoreThis fresh and comprehensive guide to Chaucers most famous poem The Canterbury Tales introduces readers to Chaucers life and times and reconsiders both the impact and the context of its inception. It carefully details Chaucers cultural and literary world, as well as reviewing the publishing history of the Tales and examining some of the issues surrounding the nature of the material production of medieval texts. In addition, it raises matters of Englishness and Chaucers choice of the vernacular in which to write his works. A highly-readable survey of the critical reception of the Tales, from early responses to recent critical perspectives, works together with a series of exemplary, close readings of key tales and ideas to explore questions such as narrative voice, genre, language and form, gender and authority. This introduction to the text is the ideal companion to study, offering guidance on: Literary and historical context Language, style and form Reading The Canterbury Tales Critical reception and publishing history Adaptation and interpretation Further reading.