A Concise Companion to Chaucer

A Concise Companion to Chaucer

Editor(s): Corinne Saunders

Published Online: 21 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405113878

Online ISBN: 9780470757628

DOI: 10.1002/9780470757628

About this Book

This concise companion provides a succinct introduction to Chaucer's major works, the contexts in which he wrote, and to medieval thought more generally.


  • Opens with a general introductory section discussing London life and politics, books and authority, manuscripts and readers.
  • Subsequent sections focus on Chaucer's major works - the dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury Tales.
  • Essays highlight the key religious, political and intellectual contexts for each major work.
  • Also covers important general topics, including: medieval literary genres; dream theory; the Church; gender and sexuality; and reading Chaucer aloud.
  • Designed so that each contextual essay can be read alongside one of Chaucer's major works.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Chaucer in Context

  2. Part II: Dream Visions

  3. Part III: Troilus and Criseyde

  4. Part IV: The Canterbury Tales

  5. Part V: The Sound of Chaucer

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