The ten essays selected for this book illuminate the central themes of the most frequently taught Canterbury Tales. These texts are appropriate for undergraduates and general readers and were edited carefully to ensure that references and allusions are explained in footnotes. Theoretical excursus and critical jousting have been either simplified or omitted entirely. At the end of each essay is an annotated list of further readings. The volumes editor is one of the most distinguished active Chaucerian scholars in the world.The man-eating monster of the end of the tale and elsewhere may be a caricature of the real Wife ofBath, but as a role it is also a way ofmaking sure that no one will try to take advantage of herait asserts her independence and keeps it firmly in view, ... itself antifeminist because, like the masculine-conditioned romance, it confines the Wife of Bath too exclusively to issues of gender and sexual relations.
|Title||:||Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press, USA - 2007|