Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries

Edited by Helen Hickey, Anne McKendry and Melissa Raine

Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2915-4
  • Pages: 280
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: October 2018
  • BIC Category: Literature, Medieval Literature, Middle English, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: poetry & poets, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, Literary studies: ancient & classical, LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry, LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture


This unique and exciting collection, inspired by the scholarship of literary critic Stephanie Trigg, offers cutting-edge responses to the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer for the current critical moment. The chapters are linked by the organic and naturally occurring affinities that emerge from Trigg's ongoing legacy; containing diverse methodological approaches and themes, they engage with Chaucer through ecocriticism, medieval literary and historical criticism, and medievalism. The contributors, trailblazing international specialists in their respective fields, honour Trigg's distinctive and energetic mode of enquiry (the symptomatic long history) and intellectual contribution to the humanities. At the same time, their approaches exemplify shifting trends in Chaucer scholarship. Like Chaucer's pilgrims, these scholars speak to and alongside each other, but their essays are also attentive to 'hearing Chaucer speak' then, now and in the future.


'This collection will interest all readers of Chaucer. It is a fitting tribute, in the range and
quality of its scholarship, to Stephanie Trigg, author of the great Congenial Souls (2001). This book is a celebration of a great scholar, put together with care, containing scholarship of permanent value.'
Renaissance Quarterly


Introduction - Helen M. Hickey, Anne McKendry and Melissa Raine
1 Identifying, and identifying with, Chaucer - Paul Strohm
2 First encounter: 'snail horn perception' in Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde - Elizabeth Robertson
3 Sir Thopas's mourning maidens - Helen Cooper
4 Chaucerian rhyme-breaking - Ruth Evans
5 'Have ye nat seyn somtyme a pale face?' - Stephanie Downes
6 Heavy atmosphere - Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
7 Hunting and fortune in the Book of the Duchess and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Frank Grady
8 The implausible plausibility of the Prologue to the Tale of Beryn - Thomas A. Prendergast
9 Caxton in the middle of English - David Matthews
10 'Hail graybeard bard': Chaucer in the nineteenth-century popular consciousness - Stephen Knight
11 Chaucer as Catholic child in nineteenth-century English reception - Andrew Lynch
12 Flesh and stone: William Morris's News from Nowhere and Chaucer's dream visions - John M. Ganim
13 'In remembrance of his persone': transhistorical empathy and the Chaucerian face - Louise D'Arcens
14 Textual face: cognition as recognition - James Simpson


Helen M. Hickey, Anne McKendry and Melissa Raine are Research Associates at the University of Melbourne

Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries

Edited by Helen Hickey, Anne McKendry, Melissa Raine

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