Chaucer: An Oxford Guide

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Steve Ellis
Oxford University Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 644 pages
4 Reviews
This book is the most comprehensive guide to Chaucer's work and the history of its reception available. It comprises 37 specially commissioned chapters by an outstanding team of contemporary Chaucer scholars and combines general essays offering background and contextual information with detailed readings of specific Chaucerian texts. The volume is divided into five parts - 'Historical Contexts', 'Literary Contexts', 'Readings', 'Afterlife' and 'Study Resources'. Each chaper includes a Guide to Further Reading and there is a Chronology at the end of the volume. The Guide is accompanied by a companion web site which includes four additional contributions for teachers and lecturers on teaching and learning issues related to Chaucer.

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User Review  - karl.steel - LibraryThing

Far too hefty and thorough for any one-semester Chaucer course, the Chaucer Oxford guide will probably serve best as a general resource for a class in the library reserves. In that function, it might ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeffrey - Goodreads

I gave a chapter to this book so I'm biased ... but I've sued it twice in my Chaucer class and found its essays perfect for the undergrad classroom. Burger's piece was loved and hated with exactly the kind of passion that made for an excellent conversation. Read full review

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Steve Ellis is Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham. He has published widely on medieval and modern literature. Publications on Chaucer include: Geoffrey Chaucer, Writers and their Work (1996), Chaucer: the 'Canterbury Tales', (Longman Critical Readers, 1998) and Chaucer At Large: the Poet in the Modern Imagination (2000).

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