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Chaucer and the Poets
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In this sensitive reading of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, Winthrop Wetherbee redefines the nature of Chaucer’s poetic vision. Using as a starting point Chaucer’s profound admiration for the achievement of Dante and the classical poets, Wetherbee sees the Troilus as much more than a courtly treatment of an event in ancient history—it is, he asserts, a major statement about the poetic tradition from which it emerges. Wetherbee demonstrates the evolution of the poet-narrator of the Troilus, who begins as a poet of romance, bound by the characters’ limited worldview, but who in the end becomes a poet capable of realizing the tragic and ultimately the spiritual implications of his story.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Preface
  2. Winthrop Wetherbee
  3. pp. 9-12
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  1. A Note on Texts
  2. pp. 13-16
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 17-29
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  1. 1. The Narrator, Troilus, and the Poetic Agenda
  2. pp. 30-52
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  1. 2. Love Psychology: The Troilus and the Roman de la Rose
  2. pp. 53-86
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  1. 3. History versus the Individual: Vergil and Ovid in the Troilus
  2. pp. 87-110
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  1. 4. Thebes and Troy: Statius and Dante's Statius
  2. pp. 111-144
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  1. 5. Dante and the Troilus
  2. pp. 145-178
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  1. 6. Character and Action: Criseyde and the Narrator
  2. pp. 179-204
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  1. 7. Troilus Alone
  2. pp. 205-223
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  1. 8. The Ending of the Troilus
  2. pp. 224-244
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-249
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