The Resource Geoffrey Chaucer : building the fragments of the Canterbury tales, Jerome Mandel

Geoffrey Chaucer : building the fragments of the Canterbury tales, Jerome Mandel

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Geoffrey Chaucer : building the fragments of the Canterbury tales
Title
Geoffrey Chaucer
Title remainder
building the fragments of the Canterbury tales
Statement of responsibility
Jerome Mandel
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Language
eng
Summary
As he examines the seven multitale fragments of the Canterbury Tales, Jerome Mandel reveals Chaucer's working concepts of artistic arrangement. Each chapter focuses upon the principles underlying Chaucer's construction of the fragments and shows how carefully Chaucer integrated all the parts into an artistic whole. In building the fragments, Chaucer adhered to principles of order that he invented, defined for himself, or discovered among the writers that he read. Chaucer never finished the Canterbury Tales. Knowing which stories he had at hand and realizing which stories he had yet to write, he began the process of arranging the tales sometime between 1387 and his death in 1400. He designed the order in which he wanted some of the tales to be read, wrote prologues and links, and manipulated the structure, themes, and characters of those tales he designated for each individual fragment. The same artistic techniques of contrast, cross-referencing, and leitmotif which unify the individual tales, he used to unify the multitale fragments and to ensure the coherence of the whole project. Even when they do not share the same tone, point of view, narrator, or genre, the tales within each fragment belong together because they share the same themes and types of characters and, perhaps most indicative of Chaucer's ideas of order, they share the same structure. These parallels, which pervade every fragment of the Canterbury Tales, insist that certain tales, and no others, be joined to form a coherent aesthetic unit. Therefore, each fragment, regardless of its intended position in a overall scheme which Chaucer never completed, is a coherent work of art. By examining the methods Chaucer used to link the tales into clearly defined and coherent fragments, Professor Mandel shows how Chaucer designed and built the tales to fit together with mutual coherence. In the process, his book enlarges our awareness of Chaucer's creative richness by uncovering all manner of previously unnoticed excellences in one of the more neglected areas of Chaucer's art in the Canterbury Tales. This book is full of pleasant surprises. Not only do we discover the principles that governed Chaucer's choices but we discover that the tales Chaucer linked, especially in the two-tale fragments, are more like each other than they are like any other tale in the collection. Learned and original, the book provides exciting insights into the way Chaucer constructed the individual fragments of the Canterbury Tales and thus improves our understanding of the craft that Chaucer found "so long to lerne."
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Mandel, Jerome
Index
index present
LC call number
PR1874
LC item number
.M345 1992
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Rhetoric, Medieval
  • The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer)
  • Narration
  • Rhétorique médiévale
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Rhetoric, Medieval
  • Technique
  • The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer)
  • Fragment
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Geoffrey Chaucer : building the fragments of the Canterbury tales, Jerome Mandel
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Fragment IV (group e): The clerk's tale and the merchant's tale -- Fragment VI (group c): The physician's tale and the pardoner's tale -- Fragment VIII (group g): The second nun's tale and the canon's yeoman's tale -- Fragment V (group f): The squire's tale and the franklin's tale -- Fragment III (group d): The wife of Bath's prologue and tale, the friar's tale, and the summoner's tale -- Fragment I (group a): The general prologue, the knight's tale, the miller's tale, the reeve's tale, and the cook's tale -- Fragment VII (group b2) the shipman's tale, the prioress' tale, the tale of Sir Thopas, the tale of Melibee, the monk's tale, and the nun's priest's tale
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
257 pages
Isbn
9780838634547
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91055041
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24627678
  • (OCoLC)ocm24627678
Label
Geoffrey Chaucer : building the fragments of the Canterbury tales, Jerome Mandel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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 -- Fragment IV (group e): The clerk's tale and the merchant's tale -- Fragment VI (group c): The physician's tale and the pardoner's tale -- Fragment VIII (group g): The second nun's tale and the canon's yeoman's tale -- Fragment V (group f): The squire's tale and the franklin's tale -- Fragment III (group d): The wife of Bath's prologue and tale, the friar's tale, and the summoner's tale -- Fragment I (group a): The general prologue, the knight's tale, the miller's tale, the reeve's tale, and the cook's tale -- Fragment VII (group b2) the shipman's tale, the prioress' tale, the tale of Sir Thopas, the tale of Melibee, the monk's tale, and the nun's priest's tale
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
257 pages
Isbn
9780838634547
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91055041
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24627678
  • (OCoLC)ocm24627678

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