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The Wife of Bath (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism) First Edition Edition

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Often referred to as the father of English poetry, Geoffrey Chaucer was a fourteenth-century philosopher, alchemist, astrologer, bureaucrat, diplomat, and author of many significant poems. Chaucer s writing was influential in English literary tradition, as it introduced new rhyming schemes and helped develop the vernacular traditionthe use of everyday Englishrather than the literary French and Latin, which were common in written works of the time. Chaucer s best-knownand most imitatedworks include The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, The Book of the Duchess, and The House of Fame.
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Product Details

  • Series: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; First Edition edition (December 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312111282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312111281
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Be careful when ordering this book to make sure you are getting what you ordered. Both books, "The Wife of Bath" (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism) and "The Wife of Bath" (poem only) are linked to these reviews. Due to the way Amazon.com has the links set up, it is easy to believe you are ordering the Case Studies version, but end up receiving only the poem. If you want a book that includes the historical context information and critical essays, etc., make sure you click on the right book! If you click on the paperback version you will get the book with Chaucer's poem, only. I waited three weeks for my order and when I received it, it was incorrect. Very disappointing, especially since I need it for a paper I'm writing and now it's too late to order the Case Studies. (Fortunately, the Case Studies version was returned to the University library and I got a chance to use it--it's a good book.)
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This book has historical context; The Wife's prologue and tale; New Historicism Criticism regarding The Wife; Marxism and Psychoanalytic Criticism; and Deconstruction and Feminist Criticism. For anyone doing a paper, class, or any type of study regarding The Wife of Bath, this is an excellent book to have. It is easy to read and understand. You get to view the Wife of Bath from 5 different critical perspectives and each chapter ends with a Works Cited page which is an excellent reference for further research.
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I recommend this book to anybody interested in Sir Geoffrey Chaucer's Wife of Bath or the Canterbury Tales. The essays and articles are insightful, well-written, and extremely thought provoking. If you are a fan or a student studying the Canterbury Tales and you need to read more about the Wife of Bath, this is the book for you. I love the style and design of the book. It is well structured and organized. No other book out there covers the Wife of Bath like this book.
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