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Smarr, Janet Levarie.   Martin Eisner and David Lummus, eds. A Boccaccian Renaissance: Essays on the Early Modern Impact of Giovanni Boccaccio and His Works (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 2019), pp. 293-310.
Observes that ClT sets its view of marriage in opposition to WBPT, suggesting that this reflects Chaucer's familiarity with Boccaccio's "Decameron" and inspired "the reversal of Griselda’s gender" in two early modern English plays, analyzed here:…

Morrison, Susan Signe.   Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 11, no. 2 (2020): 118-27.
Draws on debates about slow cinema to suggest how ClT evokes a "slow eco-aesthetics" with an ethical impact. Based on the notion that medieval pilgrimage texts evoke a slow aesthetic, the strategies of slowness and patience in the tale of Patient…

Morrison, Susan Signe.   Medieval Feminist Forum 56, no. 2 (2020): 73-92.
Uses "lessons from trauma studies concerning silence, as well as new materialist and ecocritical approaches," to explore the resistance of Griselda's patient silence. "[T]hrough a preponderant use of negative words"--a "poetics of negation"--Griselda…

Lawton, Lesley.   Miranda: Revue pluridisciplinaire du monde anglophone 12 (2016): 1-21. Open access journal at http://journals.openedition.org/miranda/8646 (accessed February 6, 2022).
Explores how medieval romances convey stereotypes that "often appear as a feature of tales of identity in which the male subject position of active self-affirmation is partly developed in relation to female figures" of vulnerability. Includes…

Bryan, Jennifer E.   Studies in the Age of Chaucer 42 (2020): 73-109.
Extends discussions of ClT as a "political fable," focusing on the theme of common profit and on the Clerk as a philosopher, assessing both in light of Bo as an "account of the philosopher's duty to the common profit." Rejects the "Griseldean values…

Smilie, Ethan K., and Kipton D. Smilie.   Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 26, no. 1 (2019): 77-89.
Juxtaposes modern pedagogical views of critical thinking and the Thomastic contrast between "studiositas" and "curositas" as background to discussing how SumT can "be used to help students to think critically about the nature of their own critical…

Smilie, Ethan K.   Mediaevalia 40 (2019): 139-67..
Argues that Dante in Canto XIX of his "Inferno," and Chaucer in SumT, "show essentially the same pervasive effects of simony in essentially the same manner," using similar "images of and parodic allusions to" the sin. However, the poets differ in…

Rand, Thomas A.   American Notes and Queries 32 (2019): 75-77.
Identifies several previously unnoticed biblical allusions in SumT: "narratives of divine wrath against false prophets, gift giving in apostolic ministry, and miraculous healing, all of which enrich the tale's comic irony and sharpen the satiric…

Gordon, Stephen.   Supernatural Encounters: Demons and the Restless Dead in Medieval England c. 1050–1450 (New York: Routledge, 2019), pp. 161-83.
Surveys the "literary context" of FrT and shows that in his discussion of demons (1447–1522) Chaucer uses Vincent of Beauvais, Thomas Aquinas, and "the broad cultural sediments of local revenant belief." Also suggests that the possibility that the…

Costomiris, Robert.   Neophilologus 104 (2020): 567-83.
Describes hay as a symbol of ephemerality, materiality, and avarice in FrT and argues that "the summoner's urging his companion (a fiend) to seize a cart of hay . . . draws him closer to the very substance that symbolizes his own sinful propensities…

Pedersen, David.   Medieval Feminist Forum 55, no. 2 (2019): 98-114.
Argues that the Wife’s non-congenital deafness signifies not spiritual deafness, but damage done to her by the contents of Jankyn's book, which she, ironically, destroys. Compares Alison's interpretations of Scripture in WBP with those of Jerome in…

Jaeger, Vanessa.   Dissertation Abstracts International A81.07 (2019): n.p.
Intersectional analysis of four character types in medieval romance. Includes discussion of the loathly lady, WBT, and its analogues, arguing that Chaucer's version offers a figure of power, ambiguous because we remain "unsure whether she will use…

Hoggart, Carol Ann.   Open access Ph.D. dissertation (Curtin University, 2019), available at https://espace.curtin.edu.au/handle/20.500.11937/76105 (accessed November 10, 2021).
A "creative-production" thesis, comprising the first half of a work of historical fiction titled "The Jerusalem Tales," focusing on the Wife of Bath; analysis of the narrative based on Elizabeth Fowler's theory of "social persons"; and analysis of…

Flannery, Mary C.   Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020.
Investigates how medieval English literature "encouraged women to safeguard their honour by cultivating hypervigilance against the possibility of sexual shame." Includes discussion of women’s virtue and honor during Chaucer's time, with particular…

Düzgün, Şebnem.   Journal of Narrative and Language Studies 6, no. 10 (2018): 113-23.
Assumes that the loathly lady in WBT is a witch, and maintains that she is "stigmatised in the poem to enforce the medieval discourse that appreciates nurture against nature, obedience against revolt, and youth and beauty against old age and…

Claridge, Alexandra.   Notes and Queries 265 (2020): 338-40.
Presents connections between the "epithet 'of bath'" in relation to the Wife of Bath and a character in the fifteenth-century play "Lucidus and Dubius," who also refers to himself as "a childe of bathe." Suggests that this understanding "has the…

Bohne, Amanda Marie.   Dissertation Abstracts International A81.05 (2019): n.p.
Chapter 2 discusses the Wife of Bath's "unique approach to her fourth husband's death as she balances her postmortem responsibilities to him with her immediate remarriage,' acting with "concern" while also "tending to her own wishes."

Yvernault, Martine.   Médiévales Anglaises 38 (2020): 119-37.
Focuses on the forms and role of antitheses in MLT.

Taylor, Jamie K.   PMLA 135, no. 2 (2020): 254-27.
Argues MLT does not ultimately offer (English) land and (Christian) civilization as images of stability or "legal fixity" but the sea and Constance's paleness as images of an "exemplary fluidity," emphasizing that the tale is about "global ethics"…

Stavsky, Jonathan.   Chaucer Review 55, no. 1 (2020): 32-54.
Concentrates on the depiction of the Near East in MLT and other contemporary analogues, developing a "“comparative methodology for analyzing representations of the Near East that focuses on their adaptation of earlier (Anglo-)French sources and…

Sottosanti, Danielle Lisa.   Dissertation Abstracts International A80.11 (2019): n.p.
Includes discussion of feigned conversion and the Sultaness in MLT, arguing that she "represents insecurity over the status of religious converts" rather than being merely villainous.

Sottosanti, Danielle.   Studies in Philology 172 (2020): 240-60.
Focuses on the Sultaness in MLT and argues that the text explores the ramifications of forced conversion and feigned baptism, along with larger issues of deception and truth.

Smith, Kathleen.   Jay Paul Gates and Brian O’Camb, eds. Remembering the Medieval Present: Generative Uses of England's re-Conquest Past, 10th to 15th Centuries (Leiden: Brill, 2019), pp. 195-214.
Argues that the rhetorical interjections and repetitions in MLT, read in the context of Trevet's and Gower's versions of the Constance story as "an origin point of English identity," focus attention on questions of myth, literary belief, and…

Shutters, Lynn.   Chaucer Review 55, no. 4 (2020): 397-421.
Discusses the wives of CT, and, in particular, Constance in MLT, suggesting that "unruly" wives are generally English and that virtuous ones are continental. Traces how Chaucer's use of these good wives offers space for him to rethink England, the…

Santos, Spenser.   Dissertation Abstracts International A81.03 (2019): n.p.
Uses medieval and modern translation theories to consider Old and Middle English narratives about the origins of English Christianity; includes discussion of MLT and its "unveiling of the hidden inclination toward Christianity among the people of…
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