The Canterbury Tales

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Oxford University Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 439 pages
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The three Oxford Guides to Chaucer are written by scholars of international repute, with the purpose of summarizing what is known about his works and offering interpretations based on recent advances in both historical knowledge and theoretical understanding. They will provide readers atevery level with new interpretations and ideas, with essential and up-to-date information on such matters as dating and sources and with analyses of thematic issues, structure, style rhetoric and generic relations brought right up-to-date for this second paperback edition. Helen Cooper's volume on The Canterbury Tales tackles these matters both for the whole work and for each individual Tale. It also includes a survey of literary responses to the Tales over the two centuries following Chaucer's death. The book is perhaps the most comprehensive single-volume guideto the Tales yet produced, bringing together a wide range of disparate material and providing a readable commentry on all aspects of the work. It combines the comprehensive coverage of a reference book with the coherence of a critical account and since its first publication in 1989, has establisheditself as a standard work on the Tales.

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This serves as an excellent summary of modern criticism. It takes the tales and the prologue on an individual basis and discusses: date and text, genre, sources, structure,themes, and the tale in ... Read full review

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Helen Cooper is Fellow in English at University College, Oxford.

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