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Chaucer and Boccaccio : Antiquity and Modernity - R. Edwards

Chaucer and Boccaccio

Antiquity and Modernity

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In the late Middle Ages, Chaucer invents two imaginative domains crucial to his culture and understanding of the emergence of selfhood, subjectivity, and social arrangements; antiquity and late-medieval modernity. Robert Edwards demonstrates in this study how this was the result of Chaucer's reading and re-writing of the works of Boccaccio, which provides sources and models for portraying the classic past and medieval modernity. In so doing, Edwards provides us with a valuable way of assessing Chaucer's analysis of late medieval culture.

'Edwards's attentive and accomplished study will surely engage students and scholars.' - C.S. Cox, Choice

A Note on Texts and Abbreviationsp. ix
Prefacep. x
Introductionp. 1
'Dayes olde': the shape of antiquityp. 1
'Now-a-dayes': Chaucerian modernityp. 5
Chaucer and Boccacciop. 10
'The strif of Thebes': Statius, Boccaccio, and Chaucerp. 17
The Statian emblem and Dante's three poetic subjectsp. 18
Boccaccio's Preludep. 23
Chaucerian revisionp. 31
The Twin Necessity of Troilus and Criseydep. 44
Historical determinism and historical alternativesp. 45
Erotic determinismp. 55
Escaping desirep. 62
The 'confusioun of gentil wemen': Antiquity and the Short Side of Historyp. 75
Alternatives to empire: two African queensp. 77
Courtly culture and 'foul delyt'p. 85
'Hire frendes alle': the patriarchal family and the political orderp. 94
Coda: Christian antiquityp. 102
The 'Cherles Tale' and Chaucerian Modernityp. 104
'Harlotrie' and the poetics of exchangep. 107
'Curious bisynesse'p. 116
The Pardoner's 'moral tale'p. 124
'The sclaundre of Walter': The Clerk's Tale and the Problem of Hermeneuticsp. 128
'Pia historia Griseidis'p. 130
Gualtieri's 'matta bestialita'p. 135
Boccaccian multiplicity and Petrarchan closurep. 141
Rewriting Menedon's Story: Decameron 10.5 and the Franklin's Talep. 153
Sources and intertextsp. 154
Menedon's storyp. 156
Reimagining the social spherep. 158
Threat, desire, and compactp. 161
Deferral and the counterfactualp. 162
The crisis of literalismp. 165
New resolutionsp. 169
Notesp. 173
Indexp. 200
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ISBN: 9780333970089
ISBN-10: 033397008X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 205
Published: 17th December 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1