Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Refiguring Chaucer in the Renaissance

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Refiguring Chaucer in the Renaissance

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Refiguring Chaucer in the Renaissance, ed. Theresa M. Krier (Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 1998). viii + 240 pp. ISBN 0-8130-1552-9. $499S This collection is probably of more interest to Renaissance scholars than to medievalists, although its nine essays are a welcome contribution to a field in which there are still few book-length studies. The book's concern is the cultural construction and use of Chaucer and Chaucerian texts in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Its offerings are wide-ranging, from Clare R. Kinney's account of the proverbial and sententious Chaucer framed by the `little fists' in the margins of Speght's 16o2 edition of Troilus and Criseyde, to Helen Cooper's discussion of the new resonance of Chaucerian adaptations in Jacobean dramatic texts. An interesting dialogue is established between Craig A. Berry's essay, "'Sundrie doubts": vulnerable understanding and dubious origins in Spenser's continuation of the Squire's Tale', and A. Kent Hieatt's essay on `Chaucer and The Faerie Queene'. …

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