Chaucer's Legendary Good Women

Chaucer's Legendary Good Women

eBook - 1998
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Cambridge Univ Pr
A comprehensive account of Chaucer's Legend of Good Women.
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 skepticism, apparently influenced by a contemporary antifeminist tradition. 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.

Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780511004001
0511004001
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 338 pages)

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