1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Global Chaucer

Edited By Craig E. Bertolet, Susan Nakley Copyright 2024
    544 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Global Chaucer offers 40 chapters by leading scholars working with contemporary, theoretical, and textual approaches to the poetry and prose of Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340-1400) in a global context. This volume is an ideal starting point for beginners, offering contemporary perspectives to Chaucer both geographically and intellectually, including:

    • Exploration of major and lesser known works, translations, and lyrics, such as The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde

    • Spatial intersections and external forms of communication

    • Discussion of identities, cognitions, and patterns of thought, including gender, race, disability, science, and nature

    The Routledge Companion to Global Chaucer also includes a section addressing ways of incorporating its material in the classroom to integrate global questions in the teaching of Chaucer’s works. This guide provides post-pandemic, twenty-first century readers a way to teach, learn, and write about Chaucer’s works complete with awareness of their reach, their limitations, and occlusions on a global field of culture.

    General Introduction                         

    Craig E. Bertolet & Susan Nakley


    Susan Nakley

    1 Nation and Englishness                  

    Marion Turner

    2 France, Italy, Flanders                    

    Craig E. Bertolet

    3 The Mediterranean World               

    Jamie Taylor

    4 Europe                                            

    Jonathan Stavsky

    5 Asia                                                 

    Susan Nakley

    6 Africa                                              

    Christine Chism

    7 Merchants                                       

    Roger A. Ladd

    8 Trade                                               

    Craig E. Bertolet

    9 Pilgrimage                                      

    Sarah Breckenridge Wright

    10 Medievalisms                               

    Elizabeth Liendo

    11 Dreams                                          

    Kathryn Lynch

    12 Sound and Song                                        

    Andrew Albin

    13 Letters                                           

    Elizabeth Brissey

    14 Gifts                                              

    Robert Epstein

    15 Rhetoric                                        

    Joseph Sharp

    16 Translation                                    

    Elizaveta Strakhov

    17 Storytelling: Source Study                                    

    Gabriel Ford

    18 Storytelling: Analogue Study                               

    Emily Houlik-Ritchey

    19 Manuscripts and Books                

    J. D. Sargan

    20 Multimodal Chaucer                     

    Kara McShane


    Craig E. Bertolet

    21 Labor                                            

    Brian Gastle

    22 Feminism                                      

    Carissa Harris

    23 Gender                                          

    M. W. Bychowski

    24 Sexuality                                       

    Geoffrey Gust

    25 Race                                              

    Shoshana Adler

    26 Disability                                      

    Tory Pearman

    27 Islam                                             

    Shazia Jagot

    28 Judaism                                         

    Maija Birenbaum

    29 Christendom and Heathenesse     

    Jennifer Garrison

    30 Deviance                                       

    Jeffery Stoyanoff

    31 Time                                              

    Gillian Adler

    32 Science                                          

    Hannah Bower

    33 Things                                           

    Jennifer Adams

    34 Nature                                           

    Shawn Normandin

    35 Animals                                         

    Aylin Malcolm

    36 Marvels                                         

    Tara Williams

    37 Cosmopolitanism                          

    Larry Scanlon

    38 Affect                                            

    Sif Rikharðsdottir

    39 Sin                                                 

    Karla Taylor

    40 Sanctuary and Refuge                   

    Elizabeth Allen


    Craig E. Bertolet is Hollifield Professor of English at Auburn University. In addition to numerous chapters and articles on Gower and Chaucer, he is the author of Chaucer, Gower, Hoccleve and the Commercial Practices of Late Fourteenth-Century London (Ashgate, 2013) and co-editor with Robert Epstein of Money, Commerce, and Economics in Late Medieval English Literature (Palgrave, 2017).

    Susan Nakley is the author of Living in the Future: Sovereignty and Internationalism in the Canterbury Tales (Michigan, 2017) and Professor and Associate Chair of English at St. Joseph’s University, New York. She studies intersections of literature and politics in Middle English texts. With Karla Taylor, she recently coedited “What We Think of When We Think of the Prioress’s Tale,” a special issue of the Chaucer Review 59.3 (July 2024). Her current projects include Barbarous Tongues: Essays on Language and Alterity in the Later Middle Ages, coedited with Larry Scanlon, and Libelous Reorientations: Anti-Judaism, Orientalism, and Performance, a second monograph.