Companion to Chaucer Studies

Companion to Chaucer Studies

Companion to Chaucer Studies

Companion to Chaucer Studies


Geoffrey Chaucer was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat (courtier), and diplomat. He is often referred to as the Father of English Literature.


The Companion to Chaucer Studies has been devised to help students when they confront the formidable mass of Chaucerian scholarship. In particular, it endeavors to give those possessing limited library facilities some idea of the critical background that seems essential for an appreciation of Chaucer's poetry at any but a superficial level. Perhaps it may also prove useful and stimulating to those already familiar with Chaucer scholarship.

Each chapter, specially commissioned by the Oxford University Press, is subjective and an entity to itself; the writer reviews the scholarship that he considers to be the most significant and offers his own opinion on the topic. There is no attempt to standardize approaches. Conflicting views, diverse considerations of the same critical material have been welcomed.

The first edition of the Companion to Chaucer Studies reviewed scholarship up to 1968, the present edition advances it to 1978. There is good reason for this updating. In the last ten years, more than one thousand articles and nearly forty books on Chaucer and his poetry have been published. The scholars in the Companion review this material selectively, bearing in mind that the student of Chaucer needs to be aware of the best that has been said. Two new chapters have been included in this second edition: "Chaucer, the Church, and Religion" by Robert W Ackerman and "The Legend of Good Women" by John H. Fisher .

This edition appears at a time of unprecedented industry in Chaucer studies. A journal important to Chaucerians, The Chaucer Review, edited by Robert W Frank Jr., has published some twenty papers annually since 1968. After ten years of preparation, the Chaucer Variorum, under the general editorship of Paul G. Ruggiers, has produced its first volume, a facsimile of . . .

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