By Tison Pugh
Geoffrey Chaucer is broadly thought of the daddy of English literature. This advent starts with a evaluation of his lifestyles and the cultural milieu of fourteenth-century England after which expands into analyses of such significant works because the Parliament of Fowls, Troilus and Criseyde , and, after all, the Canterbury stories , interpreting them along a range of lesser identified verses. one of many early hurdles confronted via scholars of Chaucer is attaining ease and fluency with center English, yet Tison Pugh presents a transparent and concise pronunciation consultant and a word list to assist amateur readers navigate Chaucer's literature in its unique language. extra serious equipment, together with a survey of the writer's assets and short summaries of significant plot traces, make An advent to Geoffrey Chaucer an crucial source for college students, academics, and someone who has ever desired to examine extra approximately this significant determine of English literature.
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288–92) 36 An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer Despite the slight arrogance in her pose, Criseyde piques Troilus’s attention, but his burgeoning passion cannot save him from his striking ineptitude as a lover. 381–82). Within the romance tradition, lovers are frequently rendered passive by love’s immobilizing force, yet Troilus appears to be an especially static suitor. Given Troilus’s inability to win Criseyde’s love by himself, the plot requires a catalyst to advance the erotic action at the heart of its romance, and this catalyst is Pandarus.
Discovering himself in Venus’s temple, Chaucer finds the epic “writen on a table of bras [brass]” (142) and then recalls its many momentous scenes: the fall of Troy and Aeneas’s subsequent escape from his doomed homeland (151– 211); Venus’s intercession to Jove on her son Aeneas’s behalf (212–38); Aeneas and Dido’s love affair, which ends tragically with her suicide after his departure to Italy (239–432); and Aeneas’s arrival in Italy, his victorious battles, and his marriage to Lavinia (433–67).
66–76). Despite these missing wives, Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women intriguingly exposes the gendered dynamics of mythic literature and its influence on his conception of himself as a writer of the fourteenth century. This collection of legendary materials presents womanly virtue as dependent upon suffering, betrayal, and passivity, as it concomitantly portrays masculine misconduct in amatory affairs. Regrettably, since Legend of Good Women lacks the expected ending of a dream vision—which here would likely see Chaucer returning to Cupid and Alceste’s court, or at least waking and pondering the meaning of his dream—it is difficult to draw conclusions about Chaucer’s personal stance in his treatment of these many good women.
An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer by Tison Pugh