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Geoffrey Chaucer in Context

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  • Editor: Ian Johnson, University of St Andrews, Scotland
Ian Johnson, J. A. Burrow, Andrew Galloway, Jeremy J. Smith, Rhiannon Purdie, Wendy Scase, Mishtooni Bose, Ad Putter, Sarah James, Stephen H. A. Shepherd, Corinne Saunders, Vincent Gillespie, Stephanie Kamath, K. P. Clarke, Marion Turner, Tim William Machan, Ryan Perry, Marlene Villalobos Hennessy, Alastair Minnis, Valerie Allen, Rosalynn Voaden, Bruce Holsinger, Gillian Rudd, Nicholas Orme, Stephen Penn, Seb Falk, Samantha Katz Seal, Richard W. Ireland, Julian Luxford, Richard Fawcett, Katie Stevenson, John H. Arnold, Rob Lutton, Anne Curry, Anthony Bale, Chris Given-Wilson, Craig Taylor, Gwylim Dodd, Christopher Dyer, Mark Bailey, John J. Thompson, Wendy Childs, Peter Fleming, Sally Dixon-Smith, Laura F. Hodges, Robert J. Meyer-Lee, Alex Davis, Bruce E. Graver, David Matthews, Stephen Kelly
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  • Date Published: July 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107035645

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  • Geoffrey Chaucer is widely acknowledged as the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. His texts are studied extensively but, in order to be fully appreciated, they demand a nuanced understanding of the medieval period. This volume provides freshly illuminated access to Chaucer's writing through an unrivalled repertoire of contextual information and perspectives designed to enhance the independence and critical capacities of his modern readers. The featured essays are written not only by distinguished literary scholars but also by leading international historians. Geoffrey Chaucer in Context is an essential reference tool for anyone studying Chaucer and will help readers to identify his different voices and engage with the complexity and colour of his times with new awareness.

    • Illuminates context, rather than a simple provision of textual readings, in order to inform and enhance independent approaches to Chaucer
    • Contributions from leading international historians in addition to Middle English literature specialists ensure fresh and distinctive perspectives and information
    • Addresses all manner of questions - literary, historical, cultural, social, aesthetic, spiritual, political, economic, psychological, philosophical, scientific and linguistic - likely to be on the minds of anyone studying Chaucer
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    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107035645
    • length: 496 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.94kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: contextualising contexts of Chaucer Ian Johnson
    Part I. Chaucer as Context:
    1. What was Chaucer like? J. A. Burrow
    2. Chaucer's life and literary 'profession' Andrew Galloway
    Part II. Books, Discourse and Traditions:
    3. Chaucer's linguistic invention Jeremy J. Smith
    4. Chaucer and London English Jeremy J. Smith
    5. Manuscripts and manuscript culture Rhiannon Purdie
    6. Chaucer's books Wendy Scase
    7. Authority Mishtooni Bose
    8. Literary theory and literary roles Ian Johnson
    9. Metre and versification Ad Putter
    10. Dialogue Sarah James
    11. Romance Stephen H. A. Shepherd
    12. Love Corinne Saunders
    13. Chaucer and the classics Vincent Gillespie
    14. The French context Stephanie Kamath
    15. The Italian tradition K. P. Clarke
    16. The English context Marion Turner
    17. Chaucer's competitors Wendy Scase
    18. Boethius Tim William Machan
    Part III. Humans, the World and Beyond:
    19. Chaucer's God Ryan Perry
    20. Holiness Marlene Villalobos Hennessy
    21. Secularity Alastair Minnis
    22. The self Valerie Allen
    23. Women Rosalynn Voaden
    24. Sex and lust Bruce Holsinger
    25. Animals in Chaucer Gillian Rudd
    Part IV. Culture, Learning and Disciplines:
    26. Childhood and education Nicholas Orme
    27. Philosophy Stephen Penn
    28. The medieval universe Seb Falk
    29. Medicine and the mortal body Samantha Katz Seal
    30. The law Richard W. Ireland
    31. Art Julian Luxford
    32. Architecture Richard Fawcett
    33. Heraldry, heralds and Chaucer Katie Stevenson
    Part V. Political and Social Contexts:
    34. Dissent and orthodoxy John H. Arnold
    35. The Church, religion and culture Rob Lutton
    36. England at home and abroad Anne Curry
    37. Chaucer's borders Anthony Bale
    38. Rank and social orders Chris Given-Wilson
    39. Chivalry Craig Taylor
    40. Chaucer and the polity Gwylim Dodd
    41. The economy Christopher Dyer
    42. Towns, villages and the land Mark Bailey
    43. London's Chaucer: A psychogeography John J. Thompson
    44. Everyday life Wendy Childs
    45. Household and home Peter Fleming
    46. Marriage Sally Dixon-Smith
    47. Dress Laura F. Hodges
    Part VI. Chaucer Traditions:
    48. The first Chaucerians: reception in the 1400s Robert J. Meyer-Lee
    49. The reception of Chaucer in the Renaissance Alex Davis
    50. The Reception of Chaucer from Dryden to Wordsworth Bruce E. Graver
    51. The reception of Chaucer from the Victorians to the twenty-first century David Matthews
    52. Cyber-Chaucer Stephen Kelly.

  • Editor

    Ian Johnson, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Ian Johnson is Reader in English at the University of St Andrews. He is co-editor of The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume II, The Middle Ages (Cambridge, 2005) and author of The Middle English Life of Christ: Academic Discourse, Translation, and Vernacular Theology (2013).

    Contributors

    Ian Johnson, J. A. Burrow, Andrew Galloway, Jeremy J. Smith, Rhiannon Purdie, Wendy Scase, Mishtooni Bose, Ad Putter, Sarah James, Stephen H. A. Shepherd, Corinne Saunders, Vincent Gillespie, Stephanie Kamath, K. P. Clarke, Marion Turner, Tim William Machan, Ryan Perry, Marlene Villalobos Hennessy, Alastair Minnis, Valerie Allen, Rosalynn Voaden, Bruce Holsinger, Gillian Rudd, Nicholas Orme, Stephen Penn, Seb Falk, Samantha Katz Seal, Richard W. Ireland, Julian Luxford, Richard Fawcett, Katie Stevenson, John H. Arnold, Rob Lutton, Anne Curry, Anthony Bale, Chris Given-Wilson, Craig Taylor, Gwylim Dodd, Christopher Dyer, Mark Bailey, John J. Thompson, Wendy Childs, Peter Fleming, Sally Dixon-Smith, Laura F. Hodges, Robert J. Meyer-Lee, Alex Davis, Bruce E. Graver, David Matthews, Stephen Kelly

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