Chaucer and the City

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Ardis Butterfield
DS Brewer, 2006 - 231 páginas
Literature of the city and the city in literature are topics of major contemporary interest. This volume enhances our understanding of Chaucer's iconic role as a London poet, defining the modern sense of London as a city in history, steeped in its medieval past. Building on recent work by historians on medieval London, as well as modern urban theory, the essays address the centrality of the city in Chaucer's work, and of Chaucer to a literature and a language of the city. Contributors explore the spatial extent of the city, imaginatively and geographically; the diverse and sometimes violent relationships between communities, and the use of language to identify and speak for communities; the worlds of commerce, the aristocracy, law, and public order. A final section considers the longer history and memory of the medieval city beyond the devastations of the Great Fire and into the Victorian period. Dr ARDIS BUTTERFIELD is Reader in English at University College London. Contributors: ARDIS BUTTERFIELD, MARION TURNER, RUTH EVANS, BARBARA NOLAN, CHRISTOPHER CANNON, DEREK PEARSALL, HELEN COOPER, C. DAVID BENSON, ELLIOT KENDALL, JOHN SCATTERGOOD, PAUL DAVIS, HELEN PHILLIPS
 

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Chaucer and the Detritus of the City
3
LOCATIONS
11
Greater London
25
The Production of Space in Chaucers London
41
Chaucers Poetics of Dwelling in Troilus and Criseyde
57
Chaucer and the Language of London
79
The Canterbury Tales and London Club Culture
95
Si tost camis and the
104
Literary Contests and London Records in the Canterbury Tales
129
The Shipmans Tale
145
Chaucers Complaint to his Purse
162
Chaucer and Urban Poetics 16661743
177
Chaucer and the NineteenthCentury City
193
Bibliography
211
Index
225
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