Tellers, tales, and translation in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales / Warren Ginsberg.

"Two features distinguish the Canterbury Tales from other medieval collections of stories: the interplay among the pilgrims and the manner in which the stories fit their narrators. This book argues that Chaucer often linked tellers and tales by recasting a coordinating idea or set of concerns i...

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Online Access:Electronic book from Oxford Scholarship Online
Main Author: Ginsberg, Warren, 1949- (Author)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published:Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Ã2015
Edition:First edition.
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Summary:"Two features distinguish the Canterbury Tales from other medieval collections of stories: the interplay among the pilgrims and the manner in which the stories fit their narrators. This book argues that Chaucer often linked tellers and tales by recasting a coordinating idea or set of concerns in each of the blocks of text that make up a 'Canterbury' performance. For the Clerk, the idea is transition, for the Merchant it is revision and reticence, for the Miller it is repetition, for the Franklin it is interruption and elision, for the Wife of Bath it is self-authorship, for the Pardoner it is misdirection and subversion. The parts connect because they translate one another. By expressing the same concept differently, the portraits of the pilgrims in the "General Prologue," the introductions and epilogues to the tales they tell, and the tales themselves become intra-lingual translations that begin to act like metaphors. When brought together by readers, they give the ensemble its inner cohesiveness and reveal what Walter Benjamin called modes of meaning. Chaucer also restaged events across his poem. They too become intra-lingual translations."-- Provided by publisher.
Physical Description:1 online resource (viii, 250 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:0191811505
9780191811500
9780191065651
019106565X
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