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Title: Closure in the Canterbury Tales: The Role of...
Publisher: Medieval Institute Publications
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This collection of nine essays, plus an extensive bibliography, seeks to reexamine The Parson's Tale and its place in The Canterbury Tales, especially since so many readers and critics who love Chaucer have found it difficult to love the Parson and what he has to say.
As the editors say in their introduction, The studies included here span the range of Parson's Tale criticism from the textual, to the philological, to the hermeneutical. What they share is the assumption that if one is to understand the role of The Parson's Tale, one must begin by accepting the language and method by which Chaucer fashioned it. Such is the example of Chaucer's earliest editors, who judged the tale interesting and worthy of being copied with care. A tale which, more than any other of The Canterbury Tales, directs a reader to a life of good works, good thoughts, and happy ending deserves no less.
David Raybin is a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University and has extensively published on the Canterbury Tales. Linda Tarte Holley is professor emerita of English from North Carolina State University
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