Journals Higher Education



Published: 23 January 1997

224 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719042362

Bookseller Code (06)


Chaucer in context

Society, allegory and gender

S. H. Rigby

Published by Manchester University Press

Manchester Medieval Studies MUP

Amongst the most written about works of English literature, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales still defy categorization, claims the author of this book. Was Chaucer a poet of profound religious piety or a sceptic who questioned all religious and moral certainties? Do his pilgrims reflect the society of the day, or were they a product of an already well-established literary tradition and convention? Surveying and assessing competing critical approaches to Chaucer's work, this text emphasizes a need to see Chaucer in historical context; the context of the social and political concerns of his own day.


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