Using extant manuscripts as his starting point, Edward Condren argues that the overall design of the Canterbury Tales has a structural parallel with Dante's Commedia. He demonstrates how individual tales support this design and how the design itself confers rich meaning, in some instances investing with new complexity tales that otherwise have been little appreciated.responds to the interior beauty of the hag- Wife by reshaping itself in her image. The perfect ... In one crucial respect the old lady in the Wife of Batha#39;s Tale shares a telling limitation with the Wife of Bath. They both discuss marriage as if it had little to do with human emotion. ... By the end of the Wife of Batha#39;s Tale we realize, sadly, that the magic of Alisouna#39;s Arthurian world has not disguised its fantasy.
|Title||:||Chaucer and the Energy of Creation|
|Author||:||Edward I. Condren|
|Publisher||:||University Press of Florida - 1999|