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The Age of Chaucer

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  • ISBN:9780521529938
  • Format:Paperback
  • Subject(s):English Literature
  • Author(s):Valerie Allen
  • Available from: January 2004

Critical introductions to a range of literary topics and genres.

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    The Age of Chaucer moves from the historical context of 'The world Chaucer knew', through the beginnings of English poetry, historical changes in the poet's reputation (including the Pre-Raphaelite medieval revival) to recent developments in Chaucer criticism. Aspects of writing about Chaucer such as narrative style and language are discussed, and in addition to Chaucer's own tales, it includes contemporary extracts from texts such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and a York Mystery play.

  • Contents
    • Each title includes a wide-ranging yet carefully levelled introductory discussion of a literary period, genre or theme, to provide students with an excellent introduction to an area of literature.

    • Helps students to address the new assessment objective 4 ('demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received') - worth up to 35% of the A level qualification under new guidelines.

    • Discussion questions and end-of-section tasks offer an invaluable resource for self study as well as helpful exam preparation.

    • A mini-anthology of texts and extracts saves teachers time searching for appropriate 'wider reading' texts.

    • Introduction
    • 1. Approaching the Chaucerian age
    • 2. Approaching the texts
    • 3. Texts and extracts
    • 4. Critical approaches, 5. Writing about Chaucer and his contemporaries
    • 6. Resources.
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