Chaucer's Legendary Good Women (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature)

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Chaucer's Legendary Good Women (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 338 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521416559
  • DDC分類 821.1

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Chaucer's Legend of Good Women is a testament to the disparate views of women prevalent in the Middle Ages. Dr Percival contends that the complex medieval notion of Woman informs the structure of the poem: in the Prologue Chaucer praises conventional ideas of female virtue, while in the Legends he demonstrates a humorous scepticism, apparently influenced by a contemporary antifeminist tradition. The debate Chaucer thus promotes could be relied on to entertain many medieval readers, at the same time that it demonstrates the power of the vernacular translator/poet to handle language wittily and to do just as he pleases with the august texts of the past. This is a comprehensive account of the Legend's interpretative puzzles, which does not ignore the element of political writing, and adds to a close and nuanced reading of the text an examination of literary, historical, and social contexts.

Table of Contents

Note on the text                                   x  (1)
Abbreviations xi
Introduction 1 (20)
I Chaucer's Good Woman 21 (56)
1 The Good Woman: the daisy 23 (20)
2 Alceste: the Good Woman of legend 43 (16)
3 The Good Woman: a legendary beast? 59 (18)
II The God of Love 77 (72)
4 The God of Love 79 (17)
5 The accusation 96 (17)
6 The defence: tyrants of Lombardy 113(17)
7 The defence: matere and entente 130(19)
III The Palinode 149(22)
8 The Palinode 151(20)
IV The Legends of good women 171(126)
9 Ariadne: the ladies and the critics 173(26)
10 Medea: the ladies and their reputations 199(22)
11 Cleopatra: legend of Cupid's saint 221(18)
12 Dido: composite woman 239(22)
13 Lucrece: too good to be true? 261(23)
14 Phyllis and inherited male perfidy 284(13)
V The Legend as courtly game 297(28)
15 The Legend as courtly game 299(26)
Epilogue 325(8)
Index 333