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Chaucer's poetics and the modern reader

Author: Robert M Jordan, Dr.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this striking reappraisal of Geoffrey Chaucer's poetry, Robert Jordan uses rhetorical theories of language to account for aspects of the poetry that have been unexplained or subverted by conventional "realist" interpretations. Jordan demonstrates that a rhetorical poetics, one based on an understanding of the role and efficacy of language in creating fictions, explains many of the most controversial features of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M Jordan, Dr.
ISBN: 0520059778 9780520059771
OCLC Number: 14273417
Description: viii, 182 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Poetics and rhetoric --
Writing about writing: the House of Fame --
Rhetorical composition: the Book of the Duchess --
The question of unity: the Parlement of Foules --
The limits of self-parody: the prologue to the Legend of Good Women --
The poetics of pilgrimage: the Canturbury Tales. The general prologue ; The pardoner ; The nun's priest's tale --
Endings. The manciple's tale ; The parson's tale ; The retraction.
Responsibility: Robert M. Jordan.

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"In this striking reappraisal of Geoffrey Chaucer's poetry, Robert Jordan uses rhetorical theories of language to account for aspects of the poetry that have been unexplained or subverted by conventional "realist" interpretations. Jordan demonstrates that a rhetorical poetics, one based on an understanding of the role and efficacy of language in creating fictions, explains many of the most controversial features of Chaucerian narrative"--Book jacket.

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