Design in Chaucer's Troilus.

Author / Editor
Meech, Sanford B.

Design in Chaucer's Troilus.

[Syracuse, N.Y.]: Syracuse University Press, 1959.

Physical Description
xii, 529 pp.

A close reading of the structure, themes, and rich characterizations of TC, examined in comparison with its primary source, Boccaccio's "Filostrato," and with sustained attention to ancillary sources and Chaucer's particular emphases, especially the role of determinism. Argues that Chaucer's emphasis on time, settings, and inevitability universalizes his presentation of love beyond Boccaccio's personalized concern, while increased attention to courtliness deepens its ironies. Explores imagery and juxtaposition for the ways they also contribute to the ironic parallels between human and divine love in the poem.

Chaucer Subjects
Troilus and Criseyde
Sources, Analogues, and Literary Relations