Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University Press of Florida
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Abbreviations
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Preface: Chaucer and Genre Theory
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The Father of English Literature: Geoffrey Chaucer holds this title with universal accord. Proving English literature as rich, sophisticated, and entertaining as the French and Italian masterpieces of the Middle Ages, Chaucer availed himself of the English language’s inherent poetry at a time when it was derided as an inelegant vernacular. ...
Chronology of Chaucer’s Life and Literary Connections
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1. Chaucer’s Life and Times
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Had his surname been translated, the Father of English Literature would be known as Geoffrey Shoemaker. The more elegant surname Chaucer, from the Old French chaucier, to shoe, derived from the Latin calceus, shoe, suggests that Geoffrey Chaucer’s forebears labored in the shoe and leather trade.1 ...
2. Chaucer’s Literature
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Dreams have often been linked to religious prophecies, as in the stories of Joseph and Daniel in the Hebrew Bible, but Chaucer’s dream visions concern more secular issues, tackling questions of love, loss, literary reputation, life, and death. Much as he does in the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer interjects himself as a character in his four major dream visions ...
3. Chaucer’s Sources and Influences
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Literatures prior and contemporary to Chaucer—including the writings of classical Greece and Rome, of the Judeo-Christian Bible, and of the French and Italian traditions—resonate throughout his fictions, and deciphering his many allusions to previous masterpieces adds a challenging but pleasureful element to reading the Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and his other works. ...
Glossary of Literary Terms and Chaucerian Themes
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Pronouncing Chaucer’s Middle English
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Word List of Chaucer’s Middle English
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Plot Outlines of Troilus and Criseyde and the Canterbury Tales by Line Number
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About the Author, Further Reading
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Tison Pugh is professor of English at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of Queering Medieval Genres and of Sexuality and Its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature ...
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Publication Year: 2013