By Caroline D. Eckhardt
the final Prologue to Chaucer's Canterbury stories is likely one of the so much enduring works of English literature. liked by way of students, academics, scholars, and common readers, it's been given an outstanding many various interpretations. This annotated, foreign bibliography of twentieth-century feedback at the Prologue is a vital reference advisor. It contains books, magazine articles, and dissertations, and a descriptive record of twentieth-century versions; it's the such a lot whole stock of contemporary feedback at the Prologue. The wide annotations supply uniquely handy entry to many guides which are in a different way tough to obtain.
In her advent, Caroline Eckhardt offers a cautious and entire assessment of contemporary traits in feedback, traits which are traced in the course of the bibliography. in the beginning of the century, for instance, Chaucer's Prologue was once frequently 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, intricate allegories, and stylistic complexities. at the present, the Prologue is frequently interpreted as a approach of symptoms 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 by way of a self-conscious ironist, occasionally with a break up character. The portrait gallery of the start of the century remains to be there, although the spectator who walks alongside it has a tendency to work out whatever much less fastened textually (the Prologue is now normally mentioned as work-in-progress) and extra complex structurally, generically, and thematically. it's the spectator, in fact, who has changed.
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42, 56, 76. Vol 3 of this set contains CT. The text is followed by a short note on language and meter, and a glossary. ) 16 Chaucer: The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales. Ed. T. Onions. London: Horace Marshall, 1904. The Carmelite Classics. A school edition: after a brief preface, the text (based on the Ellesmere ms) is presented, followed by a brief note on meter, a set of study questions, and a short glossary. 17 Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales, The Prologue and the Squire's Tale. Ed. J. Wyatt.
His motives for going on pilgrimage have been debated, with certain commentators finding him wholly hypocritical, while more sympathetic interpreters suggest that he seeks Becket's shrine at least partly in hopes of redemption. The contemporary scandals at the hospital of St Mary's of Rouncival, to which the Pardoner is apparently attached (line 670), the liturgical references in the portrait, and other details have been explained. The narrator's comment on his descriptions and his apology for his style (lines 715-46).
See also 14, 17, 36. Editions/5 14 Chaucer: The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales. Ed. J. Wyatt. ]. 2nd ed. 1927. University Tutorial Series. General Editor, William Briggs. A school edition: first edition not seen; in the second edition the treatment of GP is the same as in Wyatt, 13. 15 The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer From the Text of Professor Skeat. 3 vols. London: Grant Richards [1903-1906]: imprints vary; imprint of vol 3 (1906) is London: Oxford Univerisity Press. Vol 3 rpt 1910, 1921, 1925, 1930.
Chaucer’s General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales: An Annotated Bibliography 1900-1982 by Caroline D. Eckhardt