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Author Percival, Florence

Title Chaucer's legendary good women / Florence Percival
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998


Description 1 online resource (xii, 338 pages)
Series Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 38
Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 38.
Contents pt. 1. Chaucer's good woman -- pt. 2. God of love -- pt. 3. Palinode -- pt. 4. Legends of good women -- pt. 5. Legend as courtly game
Summary Chaucer's Legend of Good Women is a testament to the disparate views of women prevalent in the Middle Ages. Dr Percival contends that the complex medieval notion of Woman informs the structure of the poem: in the Prologue Chaucer praises conventional ideas of female virtue, while in the Legends he demonstrates a humorous scepticism, apparently influenced by a contemporary antifeminist tradition. The debate Chaucer thus promotes could be relied on to entertain many medieval readers, at the same time that it demonstrates the power of the vernacular translator/poet to handle language wittily and to do just as he pleases with the august texts of the past. This is a comprehensive account of the Legend's interpretative puzzles, which does not ignore the element of political writing, and adds to a close and nuanced reading of the text an examination of literary, historical, and social contexts
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400. Legend of good women.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 -- Political and social views
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400
Chaucer, Geoffrey (1340?-1400). Legend of good women.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, (1340?-1400) -- Pensée politique et sociale.
SUBJECT Legend of good women (Chaucer, Geoffrey) fast
Subject Civilization, Medieval -- Classical influences.
Women -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500.
Mythology, Classical, in literature.
Social history -- Medieval, 500-1500.
Women in literature.
Women -- Mythology.
POETRY -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Civilization, Medieval -- Classical influences
Mythology, Classical, in literature
Political and social views
Social history -- Medieval
Women in literature
Women -- Middle Ages
Women -- Mythology
The legende of good women (Chaucer)
Sociale geschiedenis.
Femmes -- Dans la littérature.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511004001