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Hearing, smelling, savoring, and touching in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Chaucer’s scholar’s have long recognized the poet’s keen sense of observation and have commented upon the poet’s ability to transfer his visual images to his writing.

Caught in the (One-)Act: Staging Sex in Late Medieval French Farce

Caught in the (One-)Act: Staging Sex in Late Medieval French Farce Sharon D. King Paper given at the 14th Triennial Colloquium of the Société Internationale pour l’étude du Théâtre Médiéval Poznań, Poland, 22nd – 27th July (2013) Abstract Among the myriad subjects for comical delectation of audiences of late medieval France,the rules and roles of […]

Wild woman and her sisters in medieval English literature

The subject of this work is the concept and figure of the Wild Woman. The primary focus will be on various forms this figure assumes in medieval English literature: Grendel’s mother—the second monster Beowulf faces—and Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, along with other figures.

Function and Representation of Women in Fourteenth-Century English Arthuriana

This thesis investigates the function and representation of female characters through Arthurian tropes in three fourteenth-century English Arthurian texts: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale,’ and Sir Launfal.

Chaucer’s Arthuriana

The majority of medieval scholars, including Roger Sherman Loomis, argue that the popularity of the Arthurian legend in England was therefore on the wane in the latter half of the fourteenth century; as a result, the major writers of the period, such as John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer, refrained from penning anything beyond the occasional reference to King Arthur and his court.

The Wife of Bath: a Tragic Caricature of Women

The Wife is characterized by a preoccupation with sex, which she uses to manipulate her husbands, of which she has had five, into acquiescing their land and money to her control.

Monstrous transformations: loyalty and community in four medieval poems

I will examine two forms of transformation, the werewolf transformation and the monstrous human transformation, both of which feature shape shifters who presumably cannot be trusted

A Feminist of the Medieval Times: Chaucer’s Wife of Bath in The Canterbury Tales

Chaucer’s characters take part in a story-telling contest while going on the pilgrimage. Among them, the Wife of Bath is an outstanding woman who seems not to be a typical figure in the medieval times.

Geoffrey Chaucer: Feminist Or Not?

Geoffrey Chaucer: Feminist Or Not? By Michael Carosone Published Online (2011) Introduction: Her name is Alisoun, but she is better known as “The Wife of Bath.” An excellent weaver and better wife, she has had five husbands— the fifth was half her age. She is a large woman with a gap between her front teeth and […]

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