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'Troilus and Criseyde'
A Reader's Guide

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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521191449

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  • 'Troilus and Criseyde', Geoffrey Chaucer's most substantial completed work, is a long historical romance; its famous tale of love and betrayal in the Trojan War later inspired William Shakespeare. This reader's guide, written specifically for students of medieval literature, provides a scene-by-scene paraphrase and commentary on the whole text. Each section explains matters of meaning, interpretation, plot structure and character development, the role of the first-person narrating voice, Chaucer's use of his source materials and elements of the poem's style. Brief and accessible discussions of key themes and sources (for example the art of love, the holy bond of things, Fortune and Thebes) are provided in separate textboxes. An ideal starting point for studying the text, this book helps students through the initial language barrier and allows readers to enjoy and understand this medieval masterpiece.

    • Provides a commentary on the entire poem divided into short, manageable sections
    • Textboxes provide brief accessible discussions of key themes and sources
    • Offers a clear, accessible introduction to the poem, specifically designed for student readers
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    "Jenni Nuttall’s Troilus and Criseyde: A Reader’s Guide provides an invaluable teaching and learning resource which is aimed mainly at students of Chaucer. Its analysis covers the entire text; it is detailed and helpfully divided into sections, with key information highlighted in bold. The commentaries on each passage contain observations on plot, characterization, critical debate, and narrative voice, while close attention is paid to matters of style. Succinct introductions to key themes (Fortune, Felicity, and the Religion of Love, for example) and relevant antecedents (e.g. Petrarch’s Sonnet 132) are positioned within discreet text boxes, guiding the reader through some of the central themes of the text."
    The Year's Work in English Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521191449
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Book I
    Book II
    Book III
    Book IV
    Book V
    Further reading

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • British Literature Survey I
    • Chaucer
    • Chaucer's Early Poetry and Adaptations
    • Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde
  • Author

    Jenni Nuttall, University of Oxford
    Jenni Nuttall is College Lecturer in English at St Edmund Hall and a Research Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

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