Chaucer's Clerk's Tale: The Griselda Story Received, Rewritten, Illustrated, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Chaucer's Clerk's Tale

The Griselda Story Received, Rewritten, Illustrated, 1st Edition

By Judith Bronfman

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174 pages

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Originally published in 1994. This surveys the origin and development of one of Chaucer’s most problematic characters, Griselda, who through the centuries has challenged the horizon of expectations of many an audience. Starting with Boccaccio’s Decameron and suggesting in turn its precursors in whole or in part, Bronfman goes on to summarize the reigning opinions of Chaucer’s heroine and her situation.

The advance of feminist perspectives on medieval literature had the result that for many the Clerk’s Tale has political overtones where the Walter-Griselda marriage may serve as a metaphor for, among other things, the state or right order. This study looks at the story from a long view, from its sources to the flood of critical interpretations - the creative reception of Chaucer’s story, outlining the many rewritings of Griselda from Chaucer to the twentieth century. A special chapter considers the Griselda story as represented in illustrations as well.

Table of Contents

General Editors’ Foreword. Preface. Introduction 1. The Story Before Chaucer 2. The Marriage Group and the Allegorical Griselda 3. The Clerk’s Tale as Religious Tale and Political Commentary 4. Chaucer’s Tale Rewritten 5. Griselda Illustrated. Conclusion. Appendix: A Most Pleasant Ballad of Patient Grissell

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FIC010000
FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT011000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval
LIT012000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Reference