The Legend of Good Women: Context and Reception

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Carolyn P. Collette
DS Brewer, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 203 pages
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The essays in this volume explore the context and reception of Chaucer's neglected The Legend of Good Women from a variety of late medieval cultural perspectives, verbal, political, and social, expanding our understanding of the web of poetic and cultural conventions in which the Legend was created and received. Topics addressed include the manuscript and print history of the poem (explored through performance theory, and in the context of erotic courtly games played by the aristocracy); the politics of Philippa of Lancaster's role in transmitting the flower and leaf topos from French literature into English; the connections between love and polity in the Prologue; the influence of stories of Amazons, Thebes, and Troy; and the ludic dimensions of the Legend. BR> CAROLYN P. COLLETTE is Professor of English Language and Literature at Mount Holyoke College. Contributors: WILLIAM A. QUINN, JOYCE COLEMAN, ROBERT R. EDWARDS, NANCY BRADLEY WARREN, BETSY MCCORMICK, SIMON MEECHAM-JONES, JAMIE C. FUMO, NICOLA F. MCDONALD
  

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Contents

MED The Middle English Dictionary
8
The Flower the Leaf and Philippa of Lancaster
33
O S original series
35
Chaucer Cupid and Loyal Lovers
59
The Legend of Good Women
83
Debating the Legends Women
105
the Public Virtue of
132
Palinodic Exchange in
157
Games Medieval Women Play
176
Index
199
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Collette is Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and an ExecutiveEditor of the New Chaucer Society.

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