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Knight, Stephen.   Southern Review 2.3 (1967): 223-39.
Argues that PF is "much more critical of human life than has been thought [and] that it finally adopts and orthodox Christian Position." Explores how the structure, details, and style of the poem undermine the narrator's views and work "to suggest,…

Harrington, David V.   Moderna Språch 61 (1967): 353-62.
Resists impulses to denigrate the artistry of MLT and argues that the rhetorical passages--including several of the narrator's apostrophes--achieve "genuinely intense emotion" rather than mere sentimentality.

Gardner, John.   Philological Quarterly 46 (1967): 1-17.
Characterizes the Canon's Yeoman as "a clever young man, almost too clever for his own good," a comic figure whose renunciation of the Canon and of alchemy is marked by shifting identities and ambiguities which indicate ironically the Yeoman's own…

Sachs, Arieh.   Mediaeval Studies 26 (1964): 231-56.
Includes comments on "wanhope" and "accidia" in ParsT as examples of the "straight homiletic approach" to condemning religious despair.

Dumanoski, Dianne.   Vassar Journal of Undergraduate Studies 19 (1964): 50-56.
Comments on the vocabulary of NPT and on Chaucer's "virtuosity" in exploiting Anglo-Saxon, French, and Latinate variety to create tone and effective characterization.

Owen, Trevor Allen.   Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Minnesota, 1966. Dissertation Abstracts International 27 (1967): 3847A. Full text available at ProQuest Theses and Dissertations Global.
Surveys medieval and early modern literary references to Julius Caesar, including description and assessment of Chaucer's allusions and references to Caesar in Astr, KnT, MLT, and, at greatest length, MkT, commenting on sources and analogues,…

Varty, Kenneth.   Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 26 (1963): 347-54.
Identifies similarities and differences between marginal illustrations in the Smithfield Decretals (British Museum Royal MS. 10 E.iv) and narrative motifs in versions of the "Roman de Renart," commenting briefly on the presence of the distaff in the…

Fisher, John Hurt.   CLA Journal 7 (1963): 1-17.
Interprets the GP description of the Prioress as a satire of an institution rather than a critique of an individual, offering the reading as a prolegomenon to a comparative discussion of the challenges of teaching English and teaching foreign…

Varty, Kenneth.   Nottingham Medieval Studies 8 (1964): 62-81.
Identifies and assesses various motifs in medieval literary and visual renderings of the barnyard chase of the fox, including those found in NPT. Argues that in several instances Chaucer's story may have influenced later depictions or mediated…

Regenos, Graydon W.   Charles Henderson, Jr., ed. Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Honor of Berthold Louis Ullman. 2 vols. (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratre, 1964), 2: 41-46.
Argues that it "seems altogether likely" that when creating his GP description of the Physician Chaucer "at least had in mind" the doctor of the Brunellus the ass episode in Nigellus Wireker's "Speculum Stultorum"; both doctors are avaricious.

Elliott, Charles, and R. George Thomas.   Anglo-Welsh Review 14 (1964): 9-17.
In two parts: 1) Elliott admires the unity and aesthetic qualities of PardT and addresses PardP as Chaucer's successful means to insert commentary on Church corruption; 2) Thomas argues that the Pardoner's effrontery and the moral failings of the…

Pace, George B.   Modern Language Quarterly 26 (1965): 369-74.
Describes the medieval tradition of representing the scorpion as a figure of female sexuality and explains how this underlies the depiction of Fortune as a harlot and a treacherous "woman-visaged scorpion" in MerT 4.2057-62.

Manzalaoui, Mahmoud.   Medium Aevum 34 (1965): 21-35.
Summarizes the transmission of the "Liber Scalae" (ultimately Arabic), and identifies similarities between its eschatological and cosmological details and those found in late-medieval English works, including "Pearl," "The Land of Cockayne," and HF,…

Hill, Boyd H., Jr.   Speculum 39 (1965): 63-73.
Suggests that the "greyn" placed on the clergeon's tongue by the Virgin in PrT 7.662 may represent that his "disembodied spirit [was] restored for a time," offering contextualizing background from biblical, classical, and medieval scientific sources…

Aston, Margaret.   History 49 (1964): 149-70.
Traces the legacy of Lollard and Wycliffite writings in early modern print, including works incorrectly attributed to Chaucer (such as "The Plowman's Tale," "Jack Upland," and "The Testament of Love") and led to him being regarded as a…

Scott, P. G.   Notes and Queries 211 (1966): 125-26.
Adduces ParsT 10.445 and "Purity" 1407-8 to argue that the paper castle in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" (800-02) has moral implications of luxury and excess.

Olszewska, E. S.   Notes and Queries 211 (1966): 209.
Identifies four medieval instances (three from Mel) of collocation of forms of "passen" and "gon" that predate the OED's two quotations for "past and gone," from 1598 and 1897.

Johnston, Everett C.   Language Quarterly 4, iii-iv (1966): 7-10.
Comments on English and Continental versions of medieval fox-and-cock narratives, including the claim that the "real value" of NPT "lies in [Chauntecleer's] windy philosophical monologue"; "Russell's subsequent appearance and his making off with…

Hargreaves, Henry.   Essays and Studies 19 (1966): 1-17.
Demonstrates the plain prose style of John Wyclif's sermons by comparing and contrasting five sample sermons with passages of similar length from ParsT and the "Cloud of Unknowing," considering sentence length, complexity, and clausal construction;…

Gross, Laila.   McNeese Review 19 (1968): 16-26.
Explores differences between the narrator's depictions of the passing of time in TC. Books 1-4 record events consecutively, with little or no inference of simultaneity of action, and Book 5 shifts abruptly to an "outside-narrator time sequence"…

Lever, Katherine.   The Classical Journal 64 (1969): 216-18.
Looks at multiple examples of reference and allusion to Greek and Roman literature in works by Chaucer and Milton to contemplate ways in which these poets parallel modern classical scholars in their approach to the ancient world.

Markland, Murray F.   Modern Language Quarterly 31 (1970): 147-59.
Examines the "shifts in point of view, authorial intrusion, changes in subject, and multiple closures" of the final seventeen stanzas of TC, reading their structure closely, and arguing that they produce an "artistic disorder, the purpose of which is…

Corsa, Helen Storm.   American Imago 27 (1970): 52-65.
Argues in Freudian terms that dreams in TC disclose psychological aspects of the characters. Criseyde's dream (II, 925-31), added by Chaucer to his source, Boccaccio's "Filostrato," indicates her desire for ravishment and marks her early submission…

Lewis, C. S.   Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1964.
Intellectual backgrounds to the European Middle Ages and Renaissance, with particular attention to literature, classical, and late-classical influences; the concept of the universe and the earth; human physiology and psychology; and cultural…

Sayers, Dorothy L.   Nottingham Medieval Studies 9 (1965): 15-31.
Surveys and comments on English poetic translations of Dante's "Commedia" from Chaucer to Laurence Binyon, opening with mention of the Ugolino episode from MkT (based on "Inferno" XXXIII 1-90), followed by quotation of SNP 8.36-56, calling it a…
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