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Irony in The Merchant's Tale *

J.A. Burrow

in Essays on Medieval Literature

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198111870
eISBN:
9780191670657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198111870.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses the use of irony in another work by Chaucer, this time the Merchant's Tale. A number of excerpts and lines from the poem are taken and then subsequently analysed. From this ... More


Trading Languages

Ardis Butterfield

in The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language, and Nation in the Hundred Years War

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199574865
eISBN:
9780191722127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574865.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

Takes us into the urban culture of London. It situates Chaucer's accounts of mercantile behaviour and speech – notably the Shipman's Tale and the portrait of the Merchant in his General Prologue as ... More


Transit and Revision: The Clerk and the Merchant

Warren Ginsberg

in Tellers, Tales, and Translation in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780198748786
eISBN:
9780191811500
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198748786.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

The chapter briefly analyzes Boccaccio’s and Petrarch’s tales of Griselda and contends that Chaucer refashioned Petrarch’s distinction between patience and constancy by making his Oxford logician a ... More


Tyranny Condemned: Wyatt's Epistolary Satires

Greg Walker

in Writing Under Tyranny: English Literature and the Henrician Reformation

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199283330
eISBN:
9780191712630
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283330.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter looks closely at the trio of anti-curial satires written by Wyatt, possibly during his exile at Allington in 1536: Mine Own John Poins, My Mother’s Maids, and A Spending Hand, ... More


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