Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature; 2009, p3-18, 16p
Many of the most celebrated children's books have a famous origin story attached to them. Lewis Carroll made up 'the interminable fairy-tale of Alice's Adventures' (as he called it in his diary) while he was on a boat-trip with Alice, Lorina and Edith Liddell in 1862; Peter Pan grew out of J.M. Barrie's intense friendship with the five Llewelyn Davies boys; Salman Rushdie, following the Ayatollah Khomeini's 1989 fatwa, wrote Haroun and the Sea of Stories for his son, Zafir, for Zafir, like Haroun, had helped his father recover the ability to tell stories. The veracity of these stories, and many others like them, is open to question. But their prevalence and endurance is nevertheless important. We seem to demand such originary myths for our children's classics. What we want, it appears, is the assurance that published children's books have emerged from particular, known circumstances, and, more specifically, from the story told by an individual adult to individual children. C. S. Lewis listed this as one of his 'good ways' of writing for children: 'The printed story grows out of a story told to a particular child with the living voice and perhaps ex tempore.' Such a creative method is an antidote to what Lewis thought the very worst way to write for children, striving to 'find out what they want and give them that, however little you like it yourself'. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance; 2000, p150-164, 15p
“For al so siker as In principio Mulier est hominis confusio - Madame, the sentence of this Latyn is Womman is mannes joye and al his blis.” Chaucer, The Nun's Priest's Tale (vii, 3163-66) When Chauntecleer, a cocky cock, but clearly no Latinist, woos Dame Pertelote with this paltry pick-up line, the only connection he is making between women and romance involves what he hopes will happen once he gets her off her perch. The Nun's Priest, however, makes this connection explicit fifty lines later when he ironically asserts the improbable veracity of his mock heroic beast fable: “This storie is also trewe, I undertake, / As is the booke of Launcelot de Lake, / That wommen holde in greet reverence” (CT, vii. 3211-13). The dense irony, humor, and ambiguity of The Nun's Priest's Tale make it hard to tell where the narrator (let alone Chaucer) stands on women and/or romance (or on anything else, for that matter). [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance; 2000, p115-131, 17p
An aristocratic society lies at the center of the fictive worlds proposed by most medieval romances. The life of this literary aristocracy may have borne relatively little material resemblance to the lives of its medieval audiences, but it is nonetheless linked in recognizable ways to their interests, longings, ambitions, concerns, and values. And thanks to the significant continuity between medieval literary practices and modern ones, something of this implicit identification between the audience and the aristocratic society at the heart of romance survives for the modern reader. Even we modern readers, that is, sense that the members of the central aristocratic society we encounter in a romance are the protagonists with whom it is assumed we will identify, that the central aristocratic society is in some sense “our” society. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Kleding, Pelgrims, The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), aClothing and dress zEngland xHistory yMedieval, 500-1500, aPrologues and epilogues xHistory and criticism, aChristian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature, aClothing and dress in literature, aTeachers in literature, aClergy in literature, Kleidung, and Gewand
Agent (Philosophie) dans la littérature, Amour dans la littérature, Contes médiévaux - Histoire et critique, Filosofische aspecten, Liefde, Philosophie médiévale dans la littérature, Pèlerins chrétiens dans la littérature, Seks, Sexualité dans la littérature, The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), Philosophie, Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature, Tales, Medieval -- History and criticism, Philosophy, Medieval, in literature, Agent (Philosophy) in literature, Love in literature, Sex in literature, and Philosophie
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index
Contes médiévaux - Histoire et critique, Pèlerinages chrétiens dans la littérature, The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), Verteltheorie, Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature, Tales, Medieval -- History and criticism, and Aufsatzsammlung
Illustraties, The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in art, Tales, Medieval -- Illustrations, and Illustration
Includes bibliographical references and index 'Chaucer Illustrated presents ten scholarly essays, specifically commissioned for this volume, that collectively trace pictorial renditions of The Canterbury Tales from the Ellesmere Manuscript (c. 1410) to the 20th-century illustrations of Rockwell Kent and Eric Gill. The contributors address the way the illustrations illuminate the history of book production, marketing, and readership; and the writers also consider how artists have interpreted Chaucer's text.'--BOOK JACKET.
The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature, Poets, English -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- Biography, Tales, Medieval -- History and criticism, and Biografie
'Students with little or no prior knowledge of Chaucer, the Canterbury Tales, or the world in which they were produced, will welcome this introduction. Not only does it paint a portrait of the poet against the background of his time, it also considers the major preoccupations of the tales, and provides students with a critical framework for thinking creatively about them.' 'The book provides the ideal aid to understanding and appreciating Geoffrey Chaucer and his works.'--BOOK JACKET.
Angoisse dans la littérature, Contes médiévaux - Histoire et critique, Corps humain dans la littérature, Littérature et médecine - Angleterre - Histoire - Jusqu'à 500, Maladies dans la littérature, Menselijk lichaam, Pèlerinages dans la littérature, Sang - Circulation - Histoire - Jusqu'à 1500, The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), Geschichte, Medizin, Wissen, Anxiety in literature, Blood -- Circulation -- History -- To 1500, Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature, Diseases in literature, Human Body -- England, Human body in literature, Literature and medicine -- History -- To 1500 -- England, Literature, Medieval -- England, Medicine in Literature -- England, Tales, Medieval -- History and criticism, Leiblichkeit, and Körper
Art de conter dans la littérature, Contes médiévaux - Histoire et critique, Decamerone (Boccaccio), Poésie anglaise - Influence italienne, Pèlerinages chrétiens dans la littérature, The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), Literatur, Wissen, Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature, English poetry -- Italian influences, Storytelling in literature, Tales, Medieval -- History and criticism, and Aufsatzsammlung
Hommes - Dans la littérature, Mannelijkheid, Masculinité (psychologie) - Dans la littérature, Relations hommes-femmes - Dans la littérature, Rôle selon le sexe - Dans la littérature, The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), Troylus and Cryseyde (Chaucer), Wissen, Man-woman relationships in literature, Masculinity in literature, Men in literature, Sex role in literature, Troilus (Legendary character) in literature, Trojan War -- Literature and the war, Tragödie, Männlichkeit, Konferenzschrift, 1996, and Kalamazoo Mich.
Amour dans la littérature, Liefde tot God, Philosophie médiévale dans la littérature, Poésie chrétienne anglaise (moyen anglais) - Histoire et critique, Pèlerinages chrétiens dans la littérature, The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature, Christian poetry, English (Middle) -- History and criticism, Love in literature, Philosophy, Medieval, in literature, Liebe, and Kosmisches Bewusstsein
This book explores the Chain of Love, a Platonic metaphor for the invisible bond between Creator and Creation, for the space between beginnings and ends of temporal succession, and for the heard, or unheard, word between thought and deed, or between contrition and satisfaction in the process of penitence.
Middelengels, The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), Tijdgenoten, Verteltheorie, Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature, English poetry -- History and criticism -- Middle English, 1100-1500, Experimental poetry, English -- History and criticism, Rhetoric, Medieval, Storytelling in literature, Tales, Medieval -- History and criticism, Versepik, Literatur, and Mittelenglisch
The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), Geschichte, Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature, Literature and history -- England, Occupations in literature, Occupations -- History -- England, Professions -- History -- England, Tales, Medieval -- History and criticism, Erzähler, Charakterisierung, Wallfahrer, Gesellschaft, and Aufsatzsammlung
A reference that examines the various vocations of the pilgrims in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Each expert chapter describes a particular pilgrim's specific funtion in 14th-century Englans. The emphasis is on the historical position of the various vocations foreworded in the 'General Prologue.' Other considerations are the link between the profession and tale in terms of the pilgrim's character as defined in the 'General Prologue', and the ways in which the pilgrim's character goes beyond what might normally be expected from a member of such a group. Each chapter concludes with a bibliography of recent critical works relative to that pilgrim.