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Chaucer and Medieval Estates Satire - Mann

Chaucer and Medieval Estates Satire

By: Mann

Paperback Published: 27th August 1973
ISBN: 9780521097956
Number Of Pages: 352

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This book is an attempt to discover the origins and significance of the General Prologue-to the Canterbury Tales. The interest of such an inquiry is many-sided. On the one hand, it throws light on the question of whether life' or 'literature' was Chaucer's model in this work, on the relationship between Chaucer's twenty-odd pilgrims and the structure of medieval society, and on the role of their estate' in determining the elements of which Chaucer composes their portraits. On the other hand, it makes suggestions about the ways in which Chaucer convinces us of the individuality of his pilgrims, about the nature of his irony, and the kind of moral standards implicit in the Prologue. This book suggests that Chaucer is ironically substituting for the traditional moral view of social structure a vision of a world where morality becomes as specialised to the individual as his work-life.

Introduction
The Anti-Clerical Tradition in Estates Satire
Estates Ideals
The Omission of the Victim
Independent Traditions: Chivalry and Anti-Feminism
Descriptive Traditions: Beauty and the Beast
'Scientific' Portraits
New Creations
Conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521097956
ISBN-10: 0521097959
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 27th August 1973
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.45