Chaucerian Tragedy Henry Ansgar Kelly

ISBN: 9780859916042

Published: December 14th 2000

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310 pages


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Chaucerian Tragedy  by  Henry Ansgar Kelly

Chaucerian Tragedy by Henry Ansgar Kelly
December 14th 2000 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 310 pages | ISBN: 9780859916042 | 9.54 Mb

This book is concerned with the medieval idea of what constituted tragedy- it suggests that it was not a common term, and that those few who used the term did not always intend the same thing by it. Kelly believes that it was Chaucers work whichMoreThis book is concerned with the medieval idea of what constituted tragedy- it suggests that it was not a common term, and that those few who used the term did not always intend the same thing by it. Kelly believes that it was Chaucers work which shaped notions of the genre, and places his achievement in critical and historical context.

He begins by contrasting modern with medieval theoretical approaches to genres, then discusses Boccaccios concept of tragedy before turning to Chaucer himself, exploring the ideas of tragedy prevalent in medieval England and their influence on Chaucer, and showing how Chaucer interpreted the term. Troilus and Criseyde is analysed specifically as a tragedy, with an account of its reception in modern times- for comparison, there is an analysis of how John Lydgate and Robert Henryson, two of Chaucers imitators, understood and practiced tragedy.

Professor HENRY ANSGAR KELLY teaches at UCLA.



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