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Chaucer and romance in the manuscript tradition
Gareth Griffith

This chapter examines the ways in which the transmission of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, especially in manuscripts, reshaped the relationship between ‘Chaucer’ and ‘romance’, paving the way for Spenser’s own particular mode of romance in The Faerie Queene. Particular attention is given to the inclusion of The Tale of Gamelyn and The Tale of Beryn in early manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales, giving them ‘Chaucerian’ status, and to the manuscript context of genuinely Chaucerian works when excerpted and placed alongside non-Chaucerian texts, in so-called ‘miscellany’ manuscripts.

in Rereading Chaucer and Spenser
Dan Geffrey with the New Poete

This is a much-needed volume that brings together established and early career scholars to provide new critical approaches to the relationship between Geoffrey Chaucer and Edmund Spenser. By reading one of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages alongside one of the greatest poets of the English Renaissance, this collection poses questions about poetic authority, influence and the nature of intertextual relations in a more wide-ranging manner than ever before. With its dual focus on authors from periods often conceived as radically separate, the collection also responds to current interests in periodisation. This approach will engage academics, researchers and students of medieval and early modern culture.

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Rachel Stenner, Tamsin Badcoe, and Gareth Griffith
in Rereading Chaucer and Spenser