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The Canterbury tales and the good society

Author: Paul A Olson
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul A Olson
ISBN: 0691066930 9780691066936
OCLC Number: 14716678
Description: xix, 323 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I: Chaucer, social theory, and fourteenth-century history --
Introduction. On looking at the meaning of Chaucer's language --
1. The general prologue, the three-estate theory, and the "age and body" of the time --
Part II: The Canterbury tales on temporal lords: Tales of the court and country --
2. The order of the passion and internal order: The tales of the knight, the miller, and the reeve --
3. The lawyer's tale and the history of Christian English law --
4. Chaucer on temporal power and art: Thopas and Melibee --
Part III: The Canterbury tales on the spiritual power --
5. Stratford's nunnery, sapience, and monasticism's critical role --
6. Monasticism's royal claim: Uthred, Wyclif, and the realms beyond tragedy --
7. The hierarchy's keys: Summoner, pardoner and the abuse of love --
8. Summoner wrath on friar perfection: The apostolate of Friar John and Lay Brother Thomas --
9. The sect of the wife of Bath and the quest for perfection: The wife, the merchant, and the franklin and their new materialism --
In conclusion: The parson's tale and reason's reconstruction.
Responsibility: Paul A. Olson.


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Good polemic arguing for Chaucer's work as socially conservative

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2013-11-29) Very Good Permalink

A volume of interpretation of the Canterbury Tales with useful information from Chaucer's historical context. Olson takes the position that Chaucer was fundamentally conservative in his outlook and that his works promote an orderly society.


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