Oxford Guides to Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
style rhetoric and generic relations brought right up-to-date for this second paperback edition.
Helen Cooper's volume on The Canterbury Tales tackles these matters both for the whole work and for each individual Tale. It also includes a survey of literary responses to the Tales over the two centuries following Chaucer's death. The book is perhaps the most comprehensive single-volume guide to the Tales yet produced, bringing together a wide range of disparate material and providing a readable commentry on all aspects of the work. It combines the comprehensive coverage of a reference
book with the coherence of a critical account and since its first publication in 1989, has established itself as a standard work on the Tales.
- Paperback | 454 pages
- 157 x 235 x 25mm | 680g
- 23 May 1996
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 2nd Revised edition
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the limitations of its form to offer critical analysis of lasting value.'
A.S.G. Edwards, University of Victoria, Archiv fur das Stadium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, 229. Band 144. Hargang 1. Halbjahresband 1992 'Teachers preparing for lectures or tutorials and students preparing for exams will turn to Helen Cooper's guide because it critically assimilates so much information in an economical and readable style. Cooper clearly aims to offer sound criticism, and she does. Cooper's guide is a more powerful book than any previous aid or introduction to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. It presents the lively and generous mind of a serious scholar and a sensitive
Charlotte Morse, Virginia Commonwealth University, Notes and Queries, June 1991 `The sharpness, conciseness, and up-to-date information very good for students who need fairly quick insights and stimulus.'
Sarah Carpenter, Lecturer, Department of English, University of Edinburgh `The first volume of a project three ... is marked by wit, learning, intelligence, and that rarest of critical virtues, good judgement. She has produced a genuine guide whose abundant information and good sense make it a sure foundation for serious work on The Canterbury Tales. Although especially useful for those, on any level, studying Chaucer for the first time, experienced Chaucerians will find it a helpful companion to The Riverside
Chaucer. For teaching or research this is now the first book on The Canterbury Tales to consult after reading the text itself.'
C. David Benson, Studies in the Age of Chaucer (US journal) `a substantial work by a single author, with something of the proportions and production quality of a reference volume ... This is a major book with many virtues ... a book with much to offer its reader'
J D Burnley, Review of English Studies `Cooper's guide is a more powerful book than any previous aid or introduction to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. It presents the lively and generous mind of a serious scholar and a sensitive reader.'
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