We are open! For operations and delivery updates due to COVID-19. (click here)

Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde by C. David Benson

Originally published in 1990. This study is of one of the world's great narrative poems and one of the few long poems in English about physical love. Although this work is often overshadowed by the Canterbury Tales, the author argues that it has its own profound multiplicity. Its mixture of genres, styles, characters and other competing elements creates a powerful literary experience for each reader. This book explores the diversity and contradictions produced by the poem without attempting to resolve them. It is accessible to those reading the poem for the first time, but equally stimulating to those who know it well, stressing the importance of the role of individual readers in response to the openness of the poem.

Although previous criticism tends to emphasize one or two aspects while ignoring others, Benson argues all critical readings are of interest because they make one aware of the poem's many contrasting layers and possibilities. Beginning with the principal source, Boccaccio's Filostrato, the work examines the many different elements added to this source; which contains internal tensions and thus develops Boccaccio's story in a variety of often contradictory directions. The author considers Chaucer's treatment of setting, characterization, love, fortune and religion, showing how these affect the character of the poem and make it simultaneously more chivalric and comic, more Christian and more pagan.

Buy Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde by C. David Benson from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780367357429
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2021
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde by C. David Benson

Book Reviews - Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde by C. David Benson

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde book by C. David Benson and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

A Preview for this title is currently not available.