Reads HF as Chaucer's "vindication of poetry," even though he comically proposes to eschew it. Identifies the various echoes of classical and medieval sources in HF, particularly Virgil's "Aeneid," Ovid's "Metamorphoses," Alain de Lille's…
Baird-Lange, Lorrayne Y., Bege K. Bowers, Bruce W. Hozeski, Hildegard Schnuttgen [et al.].
Studies in the Age of Chaucer 13 (1991): 293-368.
Continuation of SAC annual bibliography (since 1975); based on 1989 MLA Bibliography listings, contributions from an international bibliographic team, and independent research. A total of 359 items including reviews.
Oizumi, Akio, ed. Programmed by Kunihiro Miki.
Hildescheim, Zurich, and New York: Olms-Weidmann, 1991.
Supplies every form of every word in the Chaucer corpus of The Riverside Chaucer, using KWIC format. Presents the headword in the center of the page and provides about two lines of context for the poetry. Variant spellings are listed separately,…
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1990
A selective, annotated bibliography of 614 entries, indexed rather than cross-listed, covering 1900-1988. Entries are arranged under descriptive and topical categories such as Bibliography, Date, Meter, Literary Relationships, Allegory,and Dream…
Bowers, John M.
Medieval Perspectives 6 (1991): 135-43.
Thomas Chaucer continued the lease on his father's house in the garden at Westminster Abbey to provide a repository for Geoffrey Chaucer's literary remains. His motive was to help form a Lancastrian poetic canon committed to social stability and…
Carlson, David R.
Huntington Library Quarterly 54 (1991): 283-300.
Hoccleve's hopes for preferment depended upon his claim to personal acquaintance with Chaucer and to his "consail and reed." Hoccleve's patrons had known Chaucer by sight and could verify the image of Chaucer that accompanies Hoccleve's poems. …
Matheson, Lister M.
Chaucer Review 25 (1991): 171-89.
An examination of Chaucer's original family name, Malyn, casts doubt on previous claims that Chaucer's family was involved in leather making. For social and commercial reasons, Chaucer was a more acceptable surname. Chaucer used Malyn or its…
Studies in the Age of Chaucer 13 (1991): 5-14.
Justifies writing a new biography of Chaucer despite objections that it may be impossible, useless, or superfluous. The exceptional nature of Chaucer's life and the richness of his historical context make the undertaking worthwhile.
Publications of the Bibliographical Society of America, 85 (1991):11-26.
A study of the "traditions of lyric publication on which Tottel built" his 1557 collection, Tottel's Miscellany. Discusses early English printers' "Chaucerian anthologies"--Caxton's quarto volumes among them--that combine Chaucer's lyrics and longer…
Hewett-Smith, Kathleen M.
Studies in the Age of Chaucer 13 (1991): 99-119.
Furnivall's printed transcriptions of TC manuscripts have created a legacy of errors, especially in editions based on Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 61 (Cp). Hewett-Smith identifies errors in Robinson's edition and exemplifies the transmission…
Facing-page German prose translation of the Riverside text of CT. Original German apparatus includes notes, introductions to Chaucer's life and to the tales, a guide to pronunciation, a history of criticism, and a bibliography.
Murphy, Michael, ed.
Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1991.
An edition of the Middle English text for nonspecialist students and general readers. Neither a normalization nor a translation, it retains--in all respects except spelling--the language of Hengwrt, with variants from other manuscripts of the…
Boffey, Julia, and Carol Meale.
Felicity Riddy, ed. Regionalism in Late Medieval Manuscripts and Texts: Essays Celebrating the Publication of A Linguistic Atlas of Late Mediaeval English. York Manuscripts Conferences: Proceedings Series, no. 2 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1991), pp. 143-69.
Rawlinson C.86 contains ClT and portions of PrT and LGW. Analysis of the manuscript reveals interests of the contemporary London audience and suggests that several booklets in the manuscript may have been produced on speculation.
Boyd, David Lorenzo.
Dissertation Abstracts International 52 (1991): 909A.
On the basis of insights provided by manuscripts (especially Harvard MS English 530), certain works by Hoccleve and Lydgate reveal unifying themes. To fifteenth-century readers, Chaucer's PF treated the relationship of common profit and individual…