Geoffrey Chaucer

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Noun1.Geoffrey Chaucer - English poet remembered as author of the Canterbury Tales (1340-1400)Geoffrey Chaucer - English poet remembered as author of the Canterbury Tales (1340-1400)
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In the first chapter, "The Poems of 'Ch': Taxonomizing Literary Tradition," Elizaveta Strakhov turns to the famous Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania MS Codex 902, well-known to Chaucerians as the manuscript containing a host of poems in French which, if James Wimsatt is to be believed, may have been composed by Geoffrey Chaucer.
Serious Chaucerians distanced themselves from the claim that the voice speaking through the pamphlets matched Tarleton's pitch.
1) While Ellis describes Chaucer's image in the 'modern imagination', with some notable exceptions, as 'firmly down-market', such recent manifestations of popular Chaucerianism as Peter Ackroyd's The Clerkenwell Tales, an experimental meditation on millenarian religious extremism, Mike Poulton's ambitious six-hour stage adaptation, The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, and John Guare's Chaucer in Rome, an absurdist satire on artistic and religious commercialism, should hearten Chaucerians that his presence on the popular radar may transcend his image as a jovial purveyor of bawdy naughtiness or as a nostalgic icon of 'the easy, inebriated amity of a static Merrie England'.
76) Many Chaucerians hold that Chaucer was attracted to empiricist thinking, in the context of late medieval nominalism's suspicion of analogical constructions, and preference for interpreting the world as 'contingent', attributing cause and effect to human action: see Utz, 'Philosophy'; Rhodes, Poetry Does Theology; Peck, 'Chaucer and the Nominalist Questions'; Rodney Delasanta, 'Chaucer and the Problem of the Universal', Mediaevalia, 9 (1986),143-63; and William H.
Nonetheless, her remarkable achievement of archival research has provided a thorough and lucid description of a body of texts seldom considered by critics and has potentially opened fertile ground for Chaucerians, Victorians/ Edwardians, cultural historians, and theorists alike.
This chapter argues that the Man of Law's Tale is not a conspicuous affectation of morality used to characterize the Man of Law's shortcomings, a view shared by many Chaucerians.
Prominent among these are Chaucerians unfriendly to her "refusal to offer a reading of a single Chaucerian poem.
This companion volume to The New Ellesmere Chaucer Facsimile is the first collection of essays by leading Chaucerians and historians of the book entirely devoted to the Ellesmere manuscript of the Canterbury Tales.
Nor is there enough on Scottish poetry; if the Scots are to be excluded it might have been better to say so plainly than to offer a token couple of pages on the Scottish Chaucerians.
In asking this question I wish to call for a debate on the issue of The Monk's Tale and narrative closure, similar, perhaps, to the widespread discussion among Chaucerians in the 1960s and early 1970s over the nature of the relationship between the fragmentary end of The Squire's Tale and the link into The Franklin's Tale which immediately follows.
23) In the works of these latter-day Chaucerians, as in Dryden's Preface, Chaucer is both a once-living father and a still-flowing fountain, both the past progenitor of England's "Lineal Descents and Clans" and the ever-current source of "good Sense," both the medieval origo of English poetry and the perpetual fans of English propriety.
Perhaps the new challenge for Chaucerians is how to reconcile these straightforward and simple works with our expectations of multiplicity and complexity.