Wife of Bath

ISBN-10: 0312111282
ISBN-13: 9780312111281
Edition: 1996
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 12/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 306
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Adopted at more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Bedford/St. Martin's innovative Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series has introduced more than a quarter of a million students to literary theory and earned enthusiastic praise nationwide. Along with an authoritative text of a major literary work, each volume presents critical essays, selected or prepared especially for students, that approach the work from several contemporary critical perspectives, such as gender criticism and cultural studies. Each essay is accompanied by an introduction (with bibliography) to the history, principles, and practice of its critical perspective. Every volume also surveys the biographical, historical, and critical contexts of the literary work and concludes with a glossary of critical terms. New editions reprint cultural documents that contextualize the literary works and feature essays that show how critical perspectives can be combined.

PETER G. BEIDLER is the Lucy G. Moses Distinguished Professor of English, emeritus, at Lehigh University. In a his long career, he has published more often in the Chaucer Review than any other scholar. He is the author of The Wife of Bath in the Bedford Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series, Masculinities in Chaucer, and some twenty other books on various literary and pedagogical subjects. He was a Fulbright professor at Sichuan University in mainland China and as the Robert Foster Cherry Professor at Baylor University in Texas. The winner of several teaching awards, he was named national Professor of the Year in 1983 by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation. He now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Geoffrey Chaucer, one of England's greatest poets, was born in London about 1340, the son of a wine merchant and deputy to the king's butler and his wife Agnes. Not much is known of Chaucer's early life and education, other than he learned to read French, Latin, and Italian. His experiences as a civil servant and diplomat are said to have developed his fascination with people and his knowledge of English life. In 1359-1360 Chaucer traveled with King Edward III's army to France during the Hundred Years' War and was captured in Ardennes. He returned to England after the Treaty of Bretigny when the King paid his ransom. In 1366 he married Philippa Roet, one of Queen Philippa's ladies, who gave him two sons and two daughters. Chaucer remained in royal service traveling to Flanders, Italy, and Spain. These travels would all have a great influence on his work. His early writing was influenced by the French tradition of courtly love poetry, and his later work by the Italians, especially Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch. Chaucer wrote in Middle English, the form of English used from 1100 to about 1485. He is given the designation of the first English poet to use rhymed couplets in iambic pentameter and to compose successfully in the vernacular. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is a collection of humorous, bawdy, and poignant stories told by a group of fictional pilgrims traveling to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket. It is considered to be among the masterpieces of literature. His works also include The Book of the Duchess, inspired by the death of John Gaunt's first wife; House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls, and The Legend of Good Women. Troilus and Criseyde, adapted from a love story by Boccaccio, is one of his greatest poems apart from The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer died in London on October 25, 1400. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, in what is now called Poet's Corner.

About the Series
About This Volume
The Wife of Bath: The Complete Text
Biographical and Historical Contexts
Introduction to the Text
The Complete Text
Description of the Wife of Bath from the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales
The Prologue to the Wife of Bath's Tale
The Wife of Bath's Tale
The Wife of Bath: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism
A Critical History of the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
New Historicism and the Wife of Bath
What Is New Historicism?
New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography
A New Historicist Perspective:
"Experience woot well is it noght so": Marriage and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
Marxist Criticism and the Wife of Bath
What Is Marxist Criticism?
Marxist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Marxist Perspective:
"All is for to selle": Breeding Capital in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
Psychoanalytic Criticism and the Wife of Bath
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
"Fulfild of fairye": The Social Meaning of Fantasy in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
Deconstructive Criticism and the Wife of Bath
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
A Deconstructionist Perspective:
"My bed was ful of verray blood": Subject, Dream, and Rape in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
Feminist Criticism and the Wife of Bath
What Is Feminist Criticism?
Feminist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Feminist Perspective:
"Of his love daungerous to me": Liberation, Subversion, and Domestic Violence in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors

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