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Chaucer and the Tradition of the Roman Antique (Barbara Nolan) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521051002
Chaucer and the Tradition of the Roman Antique (Barbara Nolan) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521051002
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Title: Chaucer and the Tradition of the Roman Antique

Author: Nolan, Barbara

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2008

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521051002

Volumes: 1; Pages: 407

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This is a detailed investigation of Chaucer's poetics in Troilus and Criseyde and the Knight's Tale in relation to an important continental narrative tradition. It is the first such wide-ranging study since Charles Muscatine's seminal Chaucer and the French Tradition and the first book to argue in detail that Chaucer's poems, Boccaccio's Filostrato and Teseida and the twelfth-century French romans antiques participate in a distinct formal tradition within the protean field of medieval romance. By close examination of the formal and ethical designs of each poem, Barbara Nolan explores both the compositional practices shared by all of the poets she discusses, and their calculated differences from each other. Her analysis culminates in a full examination of Chaucer's richly original response to the continental verse narratives from which he borrowed. No other study offers so full and careful a delineation of the compositional features that distinguish the roman antique from other forms of romance in the Middle Ages.ContentsAcknowledgementsList of abbreviationsIntroduction1. Beno�t de Sainte-Maure's Roman de Troie and the compositional practices of the roman antique2. Plaits, debates, and judgments in the Roman de Th�bes, the Roman de Troie and the Roman d'Eneas3. The poetics of fine amor in the French romans antiques4. From history into fiction: Boccaccio's Filostrato and the question of foolish love5. Boccaccio's Teseida and the triumph of Aristotelian virtue6. Saving the poetry: authors, translators, texts, and readers in Chaucer's Book of Troilus and Criseyde7. The consolation of Stoic virtue: Chaucer's Knight's Tale and the tradition of the roman antiqueEpilogueNotesBibliographyIndex
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