A companion to Chaucer by Peter Brown

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Matthews, David (1999) The Making of Middle English 1765–1910 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press). Chapter 7, ‘ “Wise and gentle speech”: from the Chaucer Society to the universities’, is an account of the transformation of Chaucer’s work from the subject of belletristic criticism to the subject of scholarship at the hands of late nineteenth- and early twentiethcentury editors and scholars. Miskimin, Alice (1975) The Renaissance Chaucer (New Haven: Yale University Press). Still the most extensive discussion of the reception of Chaucer in the sixteenth century.

Patterson, Lee (1987) Negotiating the Past: The Historical Understanding of Medieval Literature (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press). Chapter 4, ‘Ambiguity and interpretation: a fifteenth-century reading of Troilus and Criseyde’, explores how a fifteenth-century treatise for women religious draws on and refers to Chaucer’s Troilus, combining moral instruction and literary appreciation. , ed. (1998) Writing after Chaucer: Essential Readings in Chaucer and the Fifteenth Century (New York: Garland).

Robertson, D. , Jr (1962) A Preface to Chaucer: Studies in Medieval Perspectives (Princeton: Princeton University Press). A paradigm-shifting text for mid-century students of Chaucer. Robertson, in arguing an Augustinian religious context for much of Chaucer’s work, opened the way to new historicist readings of Chaucer’s art in its time. , ed. : Pilgrim Books). Extensive and thoughtful analyses of the major editions of Chaucer’s work by a variety of well-respected scholars and editors. Schuler, Robert (1984) ‘The Renaissance Chaucer as alchemist’, Viator 53, 305–33.

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