Notes and Queries 208 (1963): 11-12.
Identifies ironic parallels between Troilus's viewings of Criseyde in TC and Cresseid's failure to recognize Troilus in Robert Henryson's "Testament of Cresseid," exploring the latter as a narrative of "punishment and expiation through suffering."
Grennen, Joseph E.
Notes and Queries 208 (1963): 286-87.
Observes that Chauntecleer's description of laxatives as "venymous" [var. "venymes"] in NPT 7.3155 parallels a similar connection in Roger Bacon, and suggests that Chaucer's use carries "antifeminist irony."
Daly, Saralyn R.
Notes and Queries 208 (1963): 442-44.
Maintains that anachronistic details of Criseyde's address to night in TC 3.1429-42 deviate from traditional albas and indicate that she "challenges God" in favor of her own will, indicated by her unorthodox attitude toward Providence.
Bratcher, James T.
Notes and Queries 208 (1963): 210-12.
Quotes and translates an analogue to the window scene of bottom kissing in MilT, recorded by folklorist Juan B. Rael as "La mujer y los tres amantes," collected by oral transmission from Félix Pino in New Mexico in the 1930s.
Compares relations between cosmology and psychology in medieval and modern understandings of poetry, emphasizing the concentric and expanding perspectives prompted by Middle English imagery and world views, exemplified in several lyrics. Includes…
Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 8 (1983): 299-333.
Surveys what is known and what can be inferred about the origins of the so-called Findern manuscript, its scribes, manuscript affiliations, and codicological features, with recurrent comments on the works by Chaucer that are anthologized in it (PF,…
In Richard W. Kaeuper, Paul Dingman, and Peter Sposato, eds. Law, Governance, and Justice: New Views on Medieval Constitutionalism (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 243-86.
Explores analogues to literary voice in late-medieval English political, legal, and Wycliffite discourses, and analyzes the “common voice” found in John’s Gower’s “Vox Clamantis” (“aged wisdom”) and in PF (“self-making” individual sovereignty). Also,…
Amsterdamer Beiträge zur Älteren Germanistik 1 (1972): 51-88.
Describes the meaning and artfulness of Walter Map's version of the "Wade" story in "De Nugis Curialium," exploring a variety of sources and analogues, including comments on Chaucer's reference to Wade in TC 3.624 and to Wade's boat in MerT 4.1424,…
La Trobe Journal 81 (2008): 106-17.
Interrogates features of the reception of Chaucer from Thomas Speght's editions of 1598 and 1602 to twentieth-first century criticism, focusing on the poet's reference to Wade and his boat in MerT 4.1423-26. Discloses the critical legacy of the…
Hall, Louis Brewer.
Mediaeval Studies 25 (1963): 148-59.
Describes five medieval redactions of Virgil’s “Aeneid,” “widely separated geographically and chronologically,” assessing how they “medievalized” the material in conventional ways, and using these “conventions” to discuss Chaucer’s successful…
Clarifies the conventionality of Chaucer's references to allegorical and/or exemplary animals and their significances, offering numerous examples to show that Chaucer's allusions are "brief" and generally similar to and/or derived from "the most…
Includes a section entitled " Das Pronomen bei Chaucer" (pp. 74-86) that examines Chaucer's artistic uses of the second person pronouns of address, focusing particularly on TC and including comments on WBPT.
Beichner, Paul E.
Mediaeval Studies 25 (1963): 160-72.
Contrasts medieval and modern charitable giving, indulgence granting, and false relics, and assesses the Pardoner as a "professional collector," and "high-pressure fund raiser," reading PardPT as "an exposition" of the Pardoner's "fund-raising…
Summarizes CT in "outline form," divided into units (following the Ellesmere order) and interspersed with brief interpretive comments on background, genre, plot, and characters. Opens with a General Introduction to backgrounds and Chaucer's Life;…
Surveys "precursors of modern novels" in English tradition between 1400 and 1600, with a "glance" at even earlier stories which "reveal a kinship with the future narrative form," discussing, among others, TC, and treating it (pp. 28-40) as an…