Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Narrative Developments from Chaucer to Defoe

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Narrative Developments from Chaucer to Defoe

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Narrative Developments from Chaucer to Defoe, ed. Gerd Bayer and Ebbe Klitgârd, Roudedge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture 1 1 (Abingdon and New York: RoudedgeTaylor and Francis, 201 1), ? + 270pp.; 3 illustrations. ISBN 978-0-41 5-87948-4. £80.00. A scholarly and wide-ranging volume that aims to bridge the gap in historical narrative research between the late medieval and early modern periods of English writing. The first section explores the issues of self, identity, and personhood through essays on A. C. Spearing's approach to Chaucer's subjectivity (Ebbe Klitgârd); the representation of mind from Chaucer to Aphra Behn (Monika Fludernik); and the role of early modern diary writing in the emergence of the novel (Miriam Nandi). IntertextuaJityis the subject of the second part of the book, which addresses systems of authorship, publication venues, and authorial ethics: William A. Quinn writes on Chaucer's Parliament of Fowls; Anna Swärdh explores A Mirror for Magistrates and female complaint; Rahel Orgis looks at Lady Mary Wroth's Urania; and Robert W. …

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