The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales - Oxford Guides to Chaucer

Third edition

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Publisher's Synopsis

Recognised on its first appearance as the most comprehensive single-volume guide to The Canterbury Tales yet produced, this third edition brings the Tales up to date in relation both to recent criticism and to the changing expectations of modern readers. The Guide provide tale-by-tale information on textual variations and sources, together with a readable commentary on thematic issues, structure, style, generic affiliations, and the contribution of each tale to the work as a whole. It concludes with a survey of the many imitations of the tales down to the early seventeenth century. This new edition also takes account of the latest scholarship, theory, and criticism and new interpretations of the tales, including such matters as gender identity, consent, and racial and religious difference. The book is the most comprehensive single-volume guide to the Tales yet produced, bringing together a wide range of disparate material and providing a readable commentary on all aspects of the work. It combines the comprehensive coverage of a reference book with the clarity and coherence of a critical account. Since its first publication in 1989, the Guide has established itself as an indispensable aid for any reader looking to develop their understanding of The Canterbury Tales.

Book information

ISBN: 9780198878780
Publisher: OUP OXFORD
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Pub date:
Edition: Third edition
DEWEY: 821.1
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 512 .
Weight: 776g
Height: 156mm
Width: 235mm
Spine width: 31mm