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  • Edited by Frank Grady, University of Missouri, St Louis

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Chaucer's best-known poem, The Canterbury Tales, is justly celebrated for its richness and variety, both literary - the Tales include fabliaux, romances, sermons, hagiographies, fantasies, satires, treatises, fables and exempla - and thematic, with its explorations of courtly love and scatology, piety and impiety, chivalry and pacifism, fidelity and adultery. Students new to Chaucer will find in this Companion a lively introduction to the poem's diversity, depth, and wonder. Readers returning to the Tales will appreciate the chapters' fresh engagement with the individual tales and their often complicated critical histories, inflected in recent decades by critical approaches attentive to issues of gender, sexuality, class, and language.


‘This essay collection lives up to its aim, as stated in the back matter: to 'deliver an accessible introduction to the variety, depth, and wonder of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.' Grady (Univ. of Missouri, St. Louis) emphasizes the volume's utility not just for students but also for faculty assigned to teach Chaucer and for the general reading public.’

D. W. Hayes Source: Choice

‘… this collection is a welcome addition to the field of Chaucer studies that will provide its intended readers with a plethora of approaches, questions, and suggestions to refresh their reading of this venerated author.’

Josephine A. Koster Source: Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

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