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Chaucer's Decameron and the origin of the Canterbury tales

Author: Frederick M Biggs
Publisher: Cambridge : D.S. Brewer, 2017. ©2017
Series: Chaucer studies, 44.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A possible direct link between the two greatest literary collections of the fourteenth century, Boccaccio's Decameron and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, has long tantalized readers because these works share many stories, which are, moreover, placed in similar frames. And yet, although he identified many of his sources, Chaucer never mentions Boccaccio; indeed when he retold the Decameron's final novella, his pilgrim,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Giovanni Boccaccio; Giovanni Boccaccio; Giovanni Boccaccio; Geoffrey Chaucer; Giovanni Boccaccio; Geoffrey Chaucer
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick M Biggs
ISBN: 9781843844754 1843844753
OCLC Number: 971521732
Description: 275 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: manuscripts of the Canterbury tales and Chaucer's access to the Decameron --
Boccaccio as the source for Chaucer's use of sources --
The shipman's trade in three Novelle from the Decameron --
Licisca's outburst: the origin of the Canterbury tales --
Friar Puccio's penance: upending the knight's order --
The Wife of Bath's tale and the Tale of Florent --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Chaucer studies, 44.
Responsibility: Frederick M. Biggs.

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A major and original contribution to the debate as to Chaucer's use and knowledge of Boccaccio, finding a new source for the "Shipman's Tale".  Read more...

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Biggs offer a broad reading of Boccaccio and Chaucer as anti-authoritarian advocates of freedom, particularly women's freedom, as explorers of class competition, and as proponents of secularism. Read more...

 
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