A Companion to Chaucer by Peter Brown

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Chapter 4, ‘Ambiguity and interpretation: a fifteenth-century reading of Troilus and Criseyde’, explores how a fifteenth-century treatise for women religious draws on and refers to Chaucer’s Troilus, combining moral instruction and literary appreciation. , ed. (1998) Writing after Chaucer: Essential Readings in Chaucer and the Fifteenth Century (New York: Garland). A collection of articles by Partridge, Windeatt, Schibanoff, Fisher, Strohm, Boffey, Spearing, Fradenburg, Machan, Bowers, C. David Benson and Lerer, all on the subject of fifteenth-century reception of Chaucer’s work.

Spurgeon, Caroline F. E. (1925) ‘Introduction’, in Five Hundred Years of Chaucer Criticism and Allusion, 1357–1900, 3 vols (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), pp. ix–cxliv. The three volumes of this work contain an encyclopedic record of allusions to Chaucer. The extensive introduction in volume 1 analyses and organizes the vast body of citation Spurgeon gathered. Windeatt, Barry (1979) ‘The scribes as Chaucer’s early critics’, Studies in the Age of Chaucer 1, 119–41. A study of fifteenth-century reception of Chaucer’s work by reading scribal variation and alteration as products of understanding and criticism rather than as marks of confusion and error.

A retrospective analysis of the various types of critical response to Troilus and Criseyde during the middle years of the twentieth century. Lerer, Seth (1993) Chaucer and his Readers (Princeton: Princeton University Press). An extended and learned discussion of Chaucer’s reception in the fifteenth century, an attempt to ‘understand the quality of post-Chaucerian writing . . to chart the forms and consequences of the recep- 21 tion and transmission of Chaucer’s poetry by those admittedly unworthy of his mantle’.

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