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Perry, Ryan M M (2019) Sin. In: Brown, Peter, ed. A New Companion to Chaucer. John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Oxford, UK, pp. 421-433. ISBN 978-1-118-90225-7. E-ISBN 978-1-118-90222-6. (doi:10.1002/9781118902226) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:75284)

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This essay invites its readers to view the Canterbury Tales through the prism of the Parson’s Tale, utilising his treatise to diagnose the manifold sins of Chaucer’s cast of characters. At times the Canterbury Tales encourages its audience to activate their knowledge of sin, garnered in Chaucer’s contemporaries through repeated exposure to penitential guidance. Tavern sins, and Harry Bailley’s defining sin, exposed by the opportunistic Pardoner are discussed amongst other trespasses. The discussion concludes by considering Chaucer’s Retractions and how he may have attempted to mitigate the penitential burden of being the author of stories that might ‘sownen into synne’.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/9781118902226
Uncontrolled keywords: Tavern, oaths, fiction, penance, vices and virtues, pastoralia, fables, morality
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN80 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN441 Literary History
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Ryan Perry
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2019 13:45 UTC
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 03:19 UTC
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