When he wins Criseyde
he has found something good, something that brings much gladness, but that something only happens in the present.
41) For a very interesting argument connecting the authorial use of prose rubrics in Boccaccio's Teseida with Chaucer's narrative divisions in Troilus and Criseyde
, see Phillipa Hardman, 'Chaucer's Articulation of the Narrative in Troilus: The Manuscript Evidence', Chaucer Review, 30 (1995), 1--23.
Surely he who could write such a penetrating analysis of Romeo and Juliet might have gratified us with a similar exploration of Troilus and Criseyde
That Chaucer deliberately rejected ottava rima in favor of rhyme-royal seems obvious, because the model for Troilus and Criseyde
, his most famous rhyme-royal poem, was Boccaccio's Filostrato--a poem in ottava.
Johnson, `Chaucer's Criseyde
and feminine fear'; Patricia Cullum and Jeremy Goldberg, `How Margaret Blackburn taught her daughters: reading devotional instruction in a book of hours'; Douglas Gray, `"A fullwyse gentyl-woman of Fraunce": The Epistle of Othea and later medieval English literary culture'; Colin Richmond, `Elizabeth Clere: friend of the Pastons'.
If, for example, Henryson metamorphoses Chaucer's most compelling woman, Criseyde
, into a whore, and Dunbar turns his second most compelling woman, the Wife of Bath, into an ideologue, Lindsay inflates elements of Chaucer's mirthful and mercifully curtailed self-criticism in Sir Topas into an extensive presentation of his Knight of civic virtues and unrequited loves in two directions, Squyer Meldrum (Lindsay's old friend) and his ironically overblown testament and funeral.
Contributions address the use of allegory in Chaucer, the monstrous and the maternal in Beowulf, responsibility to the dead in the poem The Awntyrs off Arthure and in Levinas's memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, Levinasian aesthetics and Pires Plowman, the ethics of love and Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde
, and alterity in Chaucer's Pardoner's Tale and Levinas's essay "Toward the Other," among other topics.
In 1932, Lewis published an article in the journal Essays and Studies entitled "What Chaucer Really Did to Il Filostrato," an analysis of Boccaccio's work of that name as a source for Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde
The similarity between Brown's Chaucer and the frontispiece of the fifteenth-century Troilus and Criseyde
manuscript, Corpus Christi MS 61, is obvious; but it is the more intriguing because Brown apparently never saw the manuscript (Treuherz 154-55,252 n9).
The section concludes with Sally Mapstone's suggestion in 'The Origins of Criseyde
' that the construction of the medieval Criseyde
is significantly indebted to versions of Briseis found in Ovid.
28) See the first and second rounds of the seventh circle of hell (the violent) in Inferno, XII and XIII, and Troilus and Criseyde
Chaucer from prentice to poet; the metaphor of love in dream visions and Troilus and Criseyde