The Yale Companion to Chaucer


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Seth Lerer

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This new collection of specially commissioned essays on Chaucer’s poetry is a single-volume guide to the best and most inventive work in Chaucerian studies today. The first such book written with American undergraduate and graduate students in mind, The Yale Companion to Chaucer provides up-to-date information on the history and textual contexts of Chaucer’s work, on the ranges of current critical interpretation, and on the poet’s place in English and European literary history.
With close readings of major texts, the book offers ample material for studying philology, history, and textual criticism as they bear on Chaucer’s work in particular and medieval literature in general. Both interpretation and information are presented, and each essay is accompanied by a detailed bibliography and guide to further study and research.

Seth Lerer is Avalon Foundation Professor in Humanities and professor of English and comparative literature at Stanford University.

"This important work is an essential purchase for most academic and larger public libraries."—Library Journal

“Mental sharpness makes this volume a timely and refreshing addition to Chaucer studies. The ten contributors, an exceptionally talented team, write with unusual freedom and intellectual range; the result admirably exemplifies how Chaucer might be read, rediscovered, and thought about in the twenty-first century.”—David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania

“This book is an important aid to anyone studying Chaucer and looking for a guide that is both readable and aware of recent developments in the field. It deserves to be widely used in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Seth Lerer has gathered a wonderful group of scholars who write incisively and always interestingly about subjects they know in depth.”—Nicholas Watson, Harvard University 

ISBN: 9780300109290
Publication Date: March 8, 2006
432 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
3 b/w maps