Earnest Games: Folkloric Patterns in the Canterbury Tales

Indiana University Press, 1987 - 197 pages
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In Ernest Games Carl Lindahl recovers a folkloric world long hidden from readers of Chaucer. Lindahl is the first critic to demonstrate how the poem reflects the social and artistic patterns of medieval folk performance. Combining current approaches from the fields of literary criticism, social history, and folklore, Earnest Games begins with a study of Chaucer's setting and characters. Lindahl discovers that Chaucer gives each community -- the gentils, the churls, and the pilgrims -- a game strategy that faithfully reflects the social realities of the English Middle Ages.

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What we have here is a problem in terminology. This book is highly scholarly, immensely learned, and too short. Too short in a number of ways. First, it assumes far too much on the part of the reader ... Consulter l'avis complet

Earnest games: folkloric patterns in the Canterbury Tales

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After distinguishing elite culture (written, formal, aristocratic) from folk culture (oral, customary, lower-class), Lindahl explains the latter's impact on the "social roles and verbal rules of ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
The Substance of the Game
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
The Churls Rhetoric of Fiction
Chapter 9
Index 193
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Carl Lindahl, author of books and articles on Chaucer, folk narrative, and festive custom, and John McNamara, who has produced many studies of the heroic and monastic lore of medieval England, are Professors of English at the University of Houston. John Lindow, Professor of Scandinavian Studies at
the University of California at Berkeley, has published numerous books and articles on Norse myth, legend, and literature.

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