By Caroline D. Eckhardt
the overall Prologue to Chaucer's Canterbury stories is without doubt one of the so much enduring works of English literature. loved through students, academics, scholars, and common readers, it's been given a superb many alternative interpretations. This annotated, overseas bibliography of twentieth-century feedback at the Prologue is a vital reference advisor. It comprises books, magazine articles, and dissertations, and a descriptive record of twentieth-century variations; it's the such a lot whole stock of recent feedback at the Prologue. The wide annotations offer uniquely handy entry to many courses which are another way tricky to obtain.
In her advent, Caroline Eckhardt presents a cautious and entire assessment of recent developments in feedback, developments that are traced during the bibliography. before everything of the century, for instance, Chaucer's Prologue was once usually defined as a 'portrait gallery' and praised for its realism - social, mental, and dramatic. Later within the century got here emphases on irony, rhetoric, Freudian interpretations, tricky allegories, and stylistic complexities. at this time, the Prologue is usually interpreted as a process of indicators and emblems within which realism, if it exists in any respect, serves reasons past itself. The smiling and serene poet of the sooner interval has been changed via a self-conscious ironist, occasionally with a break up character. The portrait gallery of the start of the century remains to be there, notwithstanding the spectator who walks alongside it has a tendency to work out whatever much less fastened textually (the Prologue is now regularly mentioned as work-in-progress) and extra advanced structurally, generically, and thematically. it's the spectator, after all, who has changed.
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One could subsume several of these subjects under the rubric of an increased emphasis on style and a concomitant positive regard for Chaucer's use of literary conventions. His debt to formal rhetoric was considered — but minimized — by Manly (361), while others set about collecting examples of rhetorical figures. Language, versification, and manuscript relations continued to be studied. An awareness of oral performance and its influence on the text occasionally appeared, with Bronson writing about Chaucer's responsiveness to a listening audience (176) and Everett writing about his 'good ear' (237).
This version 'is in no sense an attempt at a critical text' (p vi); for Manly's critical text see the Manly-Rickert edition (49). The basis here is the Ellesmere ms only, with minimal corrections. Many of Manly's characteristic viewpoints about GP appear here in the introduction or notes — for example, the possibility that Chaucer expanded, rather than reduced, his overall plan, since 'the Prologue contained some of Chaucer's latest work' (p 68); the absurdity of three priests accompanying the Prioress; and the likelihood that there were historical models for at least some of the pilgrims.
English Literature for Schools. A school edition: after a brief introduction, the texts (based on those in Burrell's larger edition, 23) are presented. 28 The College Chaucer, Ed. Henry Noble MacCracken. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1913; London: Humphrey Milford, 1913; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1913. Rpt seven times through 1929. A school edition: a brief preface is followed by the CT (from the Ellesmere ms), other Chaucer selections, an appendix on Chaucer's language, life, writings, dates, and sources, a discussion of the CT as a human comedy, and an extensive glossary.
Chaucer’s General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales: An Annotated Bibliography 1900-1982 by Caroline D. Eckhardt