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Learned Chaucer. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1906214
  • May 2009
  • 76 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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Six hundred years of Chaucer criticism has
established his reputation as one of England’s
greatest poets. However, we must not forget that
Chaucer was also a prose writer, as is demonstrated
in Melibee and the Parson’s Tale in the Canterbury
Tales, in Boece, a work of a philosophical nature
and in A Treatise on the Astrolabe, a scientific
text ascribing the use of an astronomical
instrument. The latter was written at a time when
the conception of the Universe was based on the
Ptolemaic model. This Greco-Roman view of the
Universe was shattered when Copernicus’s De
Revolutionibus was published in 1543. In Learned
Chaucer, I explore how historical, cultural,
religious, linguistic and scientific changes have
affected the perception of Chaucer and of his
Treatise. I hope to provide an insight into 600
years of Chaucer criticism.

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Myriam, Rascouailles.
Myriam Rascouailles, University of Le Mirail, Toulouse, France.
University of Trondheim, Norway. University of Oslo, Norway.
Currently works as an English and French teacher at Nannestad
Secondary School, Norway.

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