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Rouse, Margitta.   Nottingham Medieval Studies 64 (2020): 87-115.
Argues that Gavin Douglas's construction of Honour and Venus in the "Palyce of Honour," though misogynistic, constitutes a complex allegorical response to Chaucer's model of literary renovation in the HF.

Kertz, Lydia Yaitsky.   Medievalia et Humanistica 45 (2020): 75-99.
Clarifies "two distinct modes of ekphrasis, the literal and the literary," exploring how and where they are deployed in HF (storm at sea and wall paintings of Dido and Aeneas) and in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" (castle description and Gawain's…

Griffiths, Jane.   Philip Knox, Jonathan Morton, and Daniel Reeve, eds. Medieval Thought Experiments: Poetry, Hypothesis, and Experience in the European Middle Ages (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), pp. 121-39.
Interprets HF as 'an experiment in the exercise of poetic memory and poetic composition" that "suggests that memory's anarchic associations cannot fully be controlled," in part because of differences between "the memory of things and the memory of…

Falk, Seb.   Medium Aevum 88, no. 2 (2019): 329-60.
Argues that Equat exemplifies how late medieval writers blended "theoretical and practical material, exploiting the flexibility of the vernacular and moulding it to their needs." Following Kari Anne Rand, treats Equat as the work of John Westwyk…

Weiskott, Eric.   Notes and Queries 265 (2020): 12-13
Discusses previous scholarship on line 1315 of BD, and suggests that emending the line to “Gan [hym] homwarde for to ryde" brings it into conformance with the rest of this "briskly tetrametric poem."

Bryant, Brantley L.   Isle: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 26 (2019): 1006-37.
Ecocritical examination of the depiction of the sea in the Ceyx and Alcyone episode of BD, focusing on its shorelessness, comparing it with analogous accounts and with the representation of water in John of Trevisa's "On the Properties of Things,"…

Powers, Tom.   Carmina Philosophiae 26-27 (2020 for 2017–18): 1-194.
Presents a modern English translation of the facing-page 1868 edition of Chaucer’s Bo. Claims in introduction that “this is not a work of scholarship but of love and gratitude.” Adjusts "punctuation and paragraphing of the Middle English text in…

White, Tom.   Postmedieval 9 (2018): 444-54.
Includes comments on how "Godfridus super Palladium," Astr, and "The Book of John Mandeville"--found together in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS e Musaeo 116--share concern with "possible future[s]" and with “the role of practical or instructional…

Silva, Chelsea.   Exemplaria 30 (2018): 49-65; 3 color illus.
Considers the medieval folding almanac as a tool to access information, examining British Library, MS Harley 937, the prologue of which uses Astr "to explain its intention to satisfy its uneducated reader," posing Astr as a "model for its…

Edwards, A. S. G.   Chaucer Review 55 (2020): 113-16.
Presents evidence from a "description of a manuscript of Chaucer’s 'Treatise on the Astrolabe' that appeared in a sale catalogue in 1843." This description, because it doesn’t correspond to any known, available copies, suggests another manuscript of…

Davis, John.   Nuncius: Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science 34 (2019): 27-68; 11 color illus.
Describes in detail an astrolabe--Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum/Zeughaus, Innsbruck, inv. no. 2957, U215--and relates it to other fourteenth-and fifteenth-century English astrolabes labeled "Chaucerian" because their "strapwork" is similar to…

Davis, John.   Journal for the History of Astronomy 50, no. 2 (2019): 121–54; 11 color illus.
Offers evidence that the "Chaucerian" astrolabe in the British Museum was constructed in the early fifteenth century, perhaps for Henry Beaufort, bishop of Winchester, and provides "a scenario whereby . . . Chaucer would be exposed to astrolabes with…

Stadnik, Katarzyna.   Merja Stenroos, Martti Mäkinen, Kjetil Vikhamar Thengs, and Oliver Traxel, eds. Current Explorations in Middle English: Selected Papers from the 10th International Conference on Middle English (ICOME), University of Stavanger, Norway, 2017 (New York: Peter Lang, 2019), pp. 249-64.
Adopts a "grounded approach to cognition" that combines awareness of embodiment, physical environment, and sociocultural situatedness. Discusses "selected cognitive-cultural aspects of diagrammatic iconicity" that structure ParsT and constitute a…

Flannery, Mary C.   Studies in the Age of Chaucer 42 (2020): 1-25.
Challenges scribal and editorial choices to use "swyve" at ManT, 256, where the Hengwrt and Ellesmere manuscripts (and two others) have some form of "et cetera," arguing that the latter is "likely an example of authorial play." Gauges the meanings,…

Schenkel, Elmar.   Keplers Dämon: Begegnungen zwischen Literatur, Traum und Wissenschaft (Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 2016), pp. 290-300.
Exemplifies the recurrent concern with alchemy in western culture and literature, including description of Chaucer's depiction of it in CYPT, along with his reputation for scientific knowledge.

Bentick, Eoin.   Dissertation Abstracts International DAI C81.04 (2019): n.p.
Studies the portrayals of alchemy and alchemists in fourteenth-and fifteenth-century English verse, including discussion of Chaucer's negative depiction of alchemy and its practitioners in CYPT, and John Gower's positive view in "Confessio Amantis."

Castro, Enrico.   Parole rubate/Purloined Letters 18 (2018): 139-61. Open access journal, at http://www.parole rubate.unipr.it/issues.php (accessed January 24, 2022).
Identifies and comments on various parallels between lines 36 and 74 of the "Invocacio ad Mariam" in SNP and St. Bernard’s praise of Mary in Dante’s "Paradiso," XXXIII, treating portions of it as "free translation," although perhaps influenced by…

Turner, Joseph   Chaucer Review 55, no. 3 (2020): 298-316.
Argues that "through the Nun's Priest's portion of Fragment VII Chaucer navigates much of the theories of characterization found in the late medieval rhetorical treatises known as the 'artes poetriae,' or the arts of poetry," and offers "a critique…

Sasla, Naomi.   Literary Imagination 21, no. 1 (2019): 1-18.
Argues that the various parts of NPT, an "expanded fable," are unified by a thematic exploration of true and false knowledge, then identifies instances where the tale mirrors "some elements of theme, structure, and style" of other parts of CT.

Karpinski, Agnes.   Bernard Dieterle and Manfred Engel, eds. Historizing the Dream/Le rêve du point de vue historique (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2019), pp. 93-118.
Assesses relations between dreams and determinism (fate, providence, and prophecy) in three medieval narratives: Kriemhild’s dream in the "Nibelungenlied," the dreams in" Der Nonne von Engeltal Büchlein von der Gnaden Überlast," and Chanticleer's…

Chamberlin, Julie K.   Dissertation Abstract International A80.11 (2019): n.p
Argues "that medieval writers of beast literature probed the limitations and possibilities of defining legal personhood, thus exposing the boundary between humans and nonhuman animals to be not merely blurry, but permeable." Includes discussion of…

Prendergast, Thomas A.   Jennifer Jahner, Emily Steiner, and Elizabeth M. Tyler, eds. Medieval Historical Writing: Britain and Ireland, 500–1500 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 437-49.
Explores relations between medieval written depictions of tragic events in history and "fictional tragedies," commenting on a range of texts, and assessing how, in MkT, "Chaucer seems to suggest . . . that there is a difference between reporting a…

Laidlaw, Martin.   Victoria Blud, Diane Heath, and Einat Klafter, eds. Gender in Medieval Places, Spaces and Thresholds (London: Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 2019), pp. 107-22.
Examines conflicts between secular and religious notions of masculinity in the Monk's description in GP and in MkPT, showing that they depict the Monk's "inability to abide by the expected behaviours of his vocation" and expose him to ridicule by the…

Putter, Ad.   Notes and Queries 264 (2019): 359-61.
Identifies and gives codicological information about Exchequer Records of the King's Remembrancer in The National Archives at Kew, E 163/22/2/24, a portion of Jan van Boendale's Dutch translation of Albertanus of Brescia's "Liber consolationis et…

Matlock, Wendy A.   Chaucer Review 55, no. 4 (2020): 462-83.
Positions Mel and ManT as "vivid examples of Chaucer's polyphonic authority that highlight the rich network of gendered speech constituting his mature voice." Argues that Chaucer's ventriloquized women in Mel and ManT translate continental sources…
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