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Chaucer’s England

Literature in Historical Context

1992

Barbara A. Hanawalt, editor

Chaucer’s England

Represents the first time that disciples of history and English literature have joined forces to present new interpretations of late fourteenth-century English society.

Represents the first time that disciples of history and English literature have joined forces to present new interpretations of late fourteenth-century English society.

Contributors: Caroline M. Barron, Michael J. Bennett, Lawrence M. Clopper, Susan Crane, Richard Firth Green, Nicholas Orme, Nigel Saul, Paul Strohm, and David Wallace.

In this entertaining and valuable volume Barbara Hanwalt gathers essays by five distinguished scholars whose work clearly belongs to the most traditional side of the discipline we know as 'history,' with essays by five distinguished scholars whose concerns are those conventionally classified as ‘literature and culture’ or ‘cultural studies.’

Studies in the Age of Chaucer

Chaucer’s England presents new interpretations of late fourteenth-century English society through a unique combination of historical inquiry and literary analysis. Beginning with the turbulent reign of Richard I and Bolingbroke’s coup, the contributors look at organized crime, illiteracy, patronage, the influence Richard might have had personally over the remarkable literary production of the period, the concepts of gentility that shaped Chaucer’s own thinking, the pervasive influence of hunting on medieval literature, the role London played as the center of both the court and the literary world , and more.

Contributors to the volume include:
Caroline Barron, Royal Holloway and Bedford College

Michael Bennett, University of Tasmania

Lawrence Clopper, Indiana University

Susan Crane, Rutgers University

Richard Firth Green, University of Western Ontario

Barbara Hanawalt, University of Minnesota

Nicholas Orme, University of Exeter

Nigel Saul, Royal Holloway and Bedford College

Paul Strohm, Indiana University

David Wallace, University of Minnesota

Chaucer’s England

Barbara A. Hanawalt is professor of history at the University of Minnesota. Her books include Crime and Conflict in English Communities, 1300-1348 and The Ties That Bound: Medieval English Peasant Families.

Chaucer’s England

In this entertaining and valuable volume Barbara Hanwalt gathers essays by five distinguished scholars whose work clearly belongs to the most traditional side of the discipline we know as 'history,' with essays by five distinguished scholars whose concerns are those conventionally classified as ‘literature and culture’ or ‘cultural studies.’

Studies in the Age of Chaucer

The essays in this collection provide abundant new ideas and information for the age of Chaucer.

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