Shakespeare and the Middle Ages

Author: Martha W. Driver
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786434058
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Every generation reinvents Shakespeare for its own needs, imagining through its particular choices and emphases the Shakespeare that it values. The man himself was deeply involved in his own kind of historical reimagining. This collection of essays examines the playwright's medieval sources and inspiration, and how they shaped his works. With a foreword by Michael Almereyda (director of the Hamlet starring Ethan Hawke) and dramaturge Dakin Matthews, these thirteen essays analyze the ways in which our modern understanding of medieval life has been influenced by our appreciation of Shakespeare's plays.

Chaucer s Narrators and the Rhetoric of Self representation

Author: Michael Foster
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039111213
Format: PDF
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Methods of representing individual voices were a primary concern for Geoffrey Chaucer. While many studies have focused on how he expresses the voices of his characters, especially in "The Canterbury Tales," a sustained analysis of how he represents his own voice is still wanting. This book explores how Chaucer's first-person narrators are devices of self-representation that serve to influence representations of the poet. Drawing from recent developments in narratology, the history of reading, and theories of orality, this book considers how Chaucer adapts various rhetorical strategies throughout his poetry and prose to define himself and his audience in relation to past literary traditions and contemporary culture. The result is an understanding of how Chaucer anticipates, addresses, and influences his audience's perceptions of himself that broadens our appreciation of Chaucer as a master rhetorician.

Critical survey of poetry

Author: Philip K. Jason
Publisher: Salem Pr Inc
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This series contains in-depth analytical reference guides to major writers of world literature. The series has an accessible style and format that allow readers to zero in on precise characteristics of a poet's work. The Critical Survey of Poetry presents 698 poets in 697 essays. Each essay includes full birth and death data and is broken down into principal poetry, other literary forms, achievements, biography, and analysis. Essays also include several sections on discrete poems or poetry collections, other major works, and bibliography.

Chaucer and His World

Author: Derek Brewer
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 9780859913669
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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`Brewer brings to his task a full scholarly knowledge of the sources of Chaucerian biography... Of obvious value to students reading Chaucer and to all who read him for pleasure; more advanced scholars will also find in it much to provoke thought and advance understanding.' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENTChaucer's tales, rich in comedy and pathos, have an immediate appeal; they draw freely and vividly from the romance and colour of the times in which he lived, and his world that of the second half of the 14th century is rich in cultural interest. It was a time of new exploration and new individualism, of peasant revolt and passionate religious dissent, and of a remarkable flowering of the arts. Chaucer lived at thevery centre of the action, and this book follows the stages of his career, illuminating with reference to the art and architecture of the time and through reference to his writings, the physical environment and intellectual climate in which he lived. Reissue: first published 1978. DEREK BREWER was Professor of English Literature emeritus, University of Cambridge.

Geoffrey Chaucer

Author: Derek Brewer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0203196198
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The Critical Heritage gathers together a large body of critical sources on major figures in literature. Each volume presents contemporary responses to a writer's work, enabling students and researchers to read the material themselves.

A Companion to the Gawain poet

Author: Derek Brewer
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 9780859914338
Format: PDF, Kindle
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It ends with a discussion of the reception of the Morte Darthur from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, and a select bibliography.

The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer

Author: Piero Boitani
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107494648
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The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer is an extensively revised version of the first edition, which has become a classic in the field. This new volume responds to the success of the first edition and to recent debates in Chaucer Studies. Important material has been updated, and new contributions have been commissioned to take into account recent trends in literary theory as well as in studies of Chaucer's works. New chapters cover the literary inheritance traceable in his works to French and Italian sources, his style, as well as new approaches to his work. Other topics covered include the social and literary scene in England in Chaucer's time, and comedy, pathos and romance in the Canterbury Tales. The volume now offers a useful chronology, and the bibliography has been entirely updated to provide an indispensable guide for today's student of Chaucer.