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Rough Girls and Squeamish Boys: The Trouble with Absolon in The Miller’s Tale

Greg Walker

in Reading Literature Historically: Drama and Poetry from Chaucer to the Reformation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748681013
eISBN:
9780748684434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681013.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses the nature and operation of comedy in Chaucer’s celebrated and scandalous Miller’s Tale. Focusing on the intriguing character of the effeminate parish clerk, Absolon, it ... More


Bones and bays: on with The Knight's Tale

Helen Barr

in Transporting Chaucer

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780719091490
eISBN:
9781781707319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091490.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Chapter Five discusses the intratemporal relationship of The Knight’s Tale to Two Noble Kinsmen, Davenant’s The Rivals, Lydgate’s The Siege of Thebes, and Dryden’s Palamon and Arcite. Two Noble ... More


The Wild Man 1: Figuring Identity

DOROTHY YAMAMOTO

in The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186748
eISBN:
9780191718564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Poised between two worlds, liminal between the known and the unknown, the figure of the wild man brings to a head questions about the dividing line between animals and humans. The Giant Herdsman in ... More


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