The Resource Chaucer and the universe of learning, Ann W. Astell

Chaucer and the universe of learning, Ann W. Astell

Label
Chaucer and the universe of learning
Title
Chaucer and the universe of learning
Statement of responsibility
Ann W. Astell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The order of the fragments making up the Canterbury Tales and the structure of that collection have long been questioned. Ann W. Astell proposes that Chaucer intended the order that is preserved in what is known as the Ellesmere manuscript. In supporting her claim, Astell reveals a wealth of insights into the world of medieval learning, Chaucer's expected audience, and the meaning of the Canterbury Tales. Astell examines the conventions of medieval learning familiar to Chaucer and discovers in two related topical outlines, those of the seven planets and of the divisions of philosophy, an important key. Assimilated to each other in a kind of transparent overlay, these two outlines, which were frequently joined in the literature with which Chaucer was familiar, accommodate the actual structural divisions of the Tales (in the order in which they appear in the Ellesmere manuscript), define the story blocks as topical units, and show the pilgrims' progress from London to Canterbury to be simultaneaously a planetary pilgrimage and a philosophical journey of the soul. The two patterns, Astell maintains, locate Chaucer's work in relation to that of both Gower and Dante, philosophical poets who shared Chaucer's relatively novel status as lay clerk, and who were, like him, members of the educated, secular bourgeoisie. The whole of the Canterbury Tales is thus revealed to be in dialogue with Gower's Confessio and Dante's Paradiso. Indeed, it represents an elaborately detailed response to the images used, and the stories related, in Dante's successive heavens
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Astell, Ann W
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR1933.K6
LC item number
A88 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Learning and scholarship
  • Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature
  • Knowledge, Theory of, in literature
  • Philosophy, Medieval, in literature
  • Cosmology, Medieval, in literature
  • Astrology in literature
  • Savoir et érudition
  • Pèlerinages chrétiens dans la littérature
  • Connaissance, Théorie de la, dans la littérature
  • Philosophie médiévale dans la littérature
  • Cosmologie médiévale dans la littérature
  • Astrologie dans la littérature
  • Astrology in literature
  • Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature
  • Cosmology, Medieval, in literature
  • Knowledge, Theory of, in literature
  • Learning and scholarship
  • Learning and scholarship
  • Philosophy, Medieval, in literature
  • The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer)
  • Kennis
  • Wissen
Label
Chaucer and the universe of learning, Ann W. Astell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-248) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Chaucer and the division of clerks -- The divisions of knowledge -- From Saturn to the sun : planetary pilgrimage in Fragments I and IX -- Solar alchemy in Fragments II and VIII -- Mercurial marriage in Fragments III-IV-V : philosophic misogamy and the trivium of woman's knowledge -- Chaucer's mercurial muse : Fragment VII and the causes of books -- Lunar "Practique" : law, medicine, and theology in Fragments VI and X -- Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 254 pages
Isbn
9780801432699
Lccn
96002315
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34410358
  • (OCoLC)ocm34410358
Label
Chaucer and the universe of learning, Ann W. Astell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-248) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Chaucer and the division of clerks -- The divisions of knowledge -- From Saturn to the sun : planetary pilgrimage in Fragments I and IX -- Solar alchemy in Fragments II and VIII -- Mercurial marriage in Fragments III-IV-V : philosophic misogamy and the trivium of woman's knowledge -- Chaucer's mercurial muse : Fragment VII and the causes of books -- Lunar "Practique" : law, medicine, and theology in Fragments VI and X -- Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 254 pages
Isbn
9780801432699
Lccn
96002315
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34410358
  • (OCoLC)ocm34410358

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