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Introduction : Geoffrey Chaucer's life and the inportance of The Canterbury Tales

Perry, Ryan (2019) Introduction : Geoffrey Chaucer's life and the inportance of The Canterbury Tales. In: Geoffrey Chaucer : Canterbury Tales. Great Works that Shape Our World . Flametree Publishing, London, England, pp. 6-29. ISBN 978-1-78755-691-1. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:75281)

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Abstract

This is an accessible, 9,000 word introduction to Chaucer, and The Canterbury Tales. The introduction provides biographical details, explores Chaucer's decision to write in English, and the significance of Chaucer's innovations in the English language (such as his adaptation of continental rhyme schemes to provide entirely new English poetic forms). The introduction also explores Chaucer's rationalism, his interest in science and astronomy, and his love of learning. The introduction also explores the particular form of the Canterbury Tales itself, and the problem of the fragmentary state of the text on Chaucer's death. Chaucer's continuing influence on popular culture from literature, to film and internet meme is reflected upon as a concluding discussion.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Chaucer, introduction, accessible, biography, vernacular, poetry
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Ryan Perry
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2020 12:24 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2020 11:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/75281 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Perry, Ryan: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4504-327X
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