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The Resource Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde, by A.C. Spearing

Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde, by A.C. Spearing

Label
Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde
Title
Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde
Statement of responsibility
by A.C. Spearing
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Cataloging source
UkLiU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Spearing, A. C
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR1895
LC item number
.S6
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Studies in English literature, no. 59
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Troilus (Legendary character) in literature
  • Trojan War
  • Cressida (Fictitious character)
  • Princes in literature
  • Women in literature
Label
Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde, by A.C. Spearing
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 63) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The object of this series is to provide studies of individual novels, plays and groups of poems and essays which are known to be widely read. The emphasis is on clarification and evaluation, biographical and historical facts. Troilus and Criseyde invites the reader to fall under the spell of Chaucer's mastery of fictional illusion. In this study, A.C. Spearing has set out to define for the modern reader the conventions and assumptions on which that illusion is based, and the ways in which Chaucer draws his audience into the creation and recognition of the fiction and its limits. From this point of view, Chaucer's poem is compared at various points with the modern novel. Mr Spearing considers the poem first as a translation in which the translator's role is itself partially fictionalized; and proceeds to discuss the deliberate discontinuities of style and structure which arise from the fact that the poem was written for listeners as well as readers. He considers Troilus and Criseyde in the context of medieval romance, with its social limits and its focus on the themes of love and war. The poem's treatment of love is considered in detail, in relation to religion, idealization, suffering, secrecy, honour, and fidelity and treachery. Discussion of the treatment of character and consciousness in romance leads into detailed study of the characterization of Troilus, Pandarus and Criseyde; and the consideration of Criseyde in turn leads into a study of Chaucer's distinctive feminism -- his presentation of Criseyde as a woman alone and vulnerable in a man's world. Finally, this study moves to two aspects of Troilus and Criseyde which go beyond romance: its deliberate avoidance of the fantastic, and its development of a philosophical dimension. Here Mr Spearing argues that Chaucer aims not at a stable philosophical coherence but at a dynamic poetic coherence. Introductory. Chaucer as Translator. Poetry for Listeners : Style. Conversation. Definition and Formality. Structure. Romance. Aspects of Love : Love and religion. 'Courtly Love'. Idealization and Feudalization. Suffering and Death. Secrecy. Honour. Trouthe. Character : Troilus. Pandarus. Criseyde. Feminism. Beyond Romance : Realism. Philosophy
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
64 pages
Isbn
9780713158533
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde, by A.C. Spearing
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 63) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The object of this series is to provide studies of individual novels, plays and groups of poems and essays which are known to be widely read. The emphasis is on clarification and evaluation, biographical and historical facts. Troilus and Criseyde invites the reader to fall under the spell of Chaucer's mastery of fictional illusion. In this study, A.C. Spearing has set out to define for the modern reader the conventions and assumptions on which that illusion is based, and the ways in which Chaucer draws his audience into the creation and recognition of the fiction and its limits. From this point of view, Chaucer's poem is compared at various points with the modern novel. Mr Spearing considers the poem first as a translation in which the translator's role is itself partially fictionalized; and proceeds to discuss the deliberate discontinuities of style and structure which arise from the fact that the poem was written for listeners as well as readers. He considers Troilus and Criseyde in the context of medieval romance, with its social limits and its focus on the themes of love and war. The poem's treatment of love is considered in detail, in relation to religion, idealization, suffering, secrecy, honour, and fidelity and treachery. Discussion of the treatment of character and consciousness in romance leads into detailed study of the characterization of Troilus, Pandarus and Criseyde; and the consideration of Criseyde in turn leads into a study of Chaucer's distinctive feminism -- his presentation of Criseyde as a woman alone and vulnerable in a man's world. Finally, this study moves to two aspects of Troilus and Criseyde which go beyond romance: its deliberate avoidance of the fantastic, and its development of a philosophical dimension. Here Mr Spearing argues that Chaucer aims not at a stable philosophical coherence but at a dynamic poetic coherence. Introductory. Chaucer as Translator. Poetry for Listeners : Style. Conversation. Definition and Formality. Structure. Romance. Aspects of Love : Love and religion. 'Courtly Love'. Idealization and Feudalization. Suffering and Death. Secrecy. Honour. Trouthe. Character : Troilus. Pandarus. Criseyde. Feminism. Beyond Romance : Realism. Philosophy
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
64 pages
Isbn
9780713158533
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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