The Legend of Good Women: Context and Reception

The Legend of Good Women: Context and Reception

Edited by Carolyn P. Collette

Hardback
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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Essays re-examining the Legend of Good Women, placing it in its cultural and historical context.
The essays in this volume explore the context and reception of Chaucer's neglected The Legend of Good Women from a variety of late medieval cultural perspectives, verbal, political, and social, expanding our understanding of the web of poetic and cultural conventions in which the Legend was created and received. Topics addressed include the manuscript and print history of the poem (explored through performance theory, and in the context of erotic courtly games played by the aristocracy); the politics of Philippa of Lancaster's role in transmitting the flower and leaf topos from French literature into English; the connections between love and polity in the Prologue; the influence of stories of Amazons, Thebes, and Troy; and the ludic dimensions of the Legend.

CAROLYN P. COLLETTE is Professor of English Language and Literature at Mount Holyoke College.

Contributors: WILLIAM A. QUINN, JOYCE COLEMAN, ROBERT R. EDWARDS, NANCY BRADLEY WARREN, BETSY MCCORMICK, SIMON MEECHAM-JONES, JAMIE C. FUMO, NICOLA F. MCDONALD

Details

March 2006
224 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Chaucer Studies
ISBN: 9781843840718
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H
BISAC LIT012000
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Carolyn P Collette
The Legend of Good Women: Performance, Performativity and Presentation - William A. Quinn
The Flower, the Leaf, and Philippa of Lancaster - Joyce Coleman
Ricardian Dreamwork: Chaucer, Cupid, and Loyal Lovers - Robert R. Edwards
`Olde Stories' and Amazons: The Legend of Good Women, the `Knight's Tale', and Fourteenth-Century Political Culture - Nancy Bradley Warren
Remembering the Game; Debating the Legend's Women - Betsy McCormick
Intention, Integrity and `Renoun': The Public Virtue of Chaucer's Good Women - Simon Meecham-Jones
The God of Love and the Love of God: Palinodic Exchange in the Prologue of the Legend of Good Women and the `Retraction' - Jamie C. Fumo
Games Medieval Women Play - Nicola F McDonald

Reviews

A rigorous, substantial new contribution to our engagement with Chaucer's most allusive and elusive poem. The essays are provocative, well-written, well-annotated, serious, and responsibly sensitive to the important critical issues in the Legend, making a substantial contribution to our ongoing study of Chaucer's difficult poem. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY

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