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    Introduction

    Davis, Isabel (2015) Introduction. In: Davis, Isabel and Nall, C. (eds.) Chaucer and Fame: Reputation and Reception. Chaucer Studies. Cambridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer, pp. 1-20. ISBN 9781843844075.

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    Abstract

    Fama, or fame, is a central concern of late medieval literature: where fame came from, who deserved it, whether it was desirable and how it was acquired and kept. An interest in fame was not new but was renewed and rethought within the vernacular revolutions of the later Middle Ages. The work of Geoffrey Chaucer collates received ideas on the subject of fama, both from the classical world and from the work of his contemporaries. Chaucer's place in these intertextual negotiations was readily recognized in his aftermath, as later writers adopted and reworked postures which Chaucer had struck, in their own bids for literary authority. This volume tracks debates on fama which were past, present and future to Chaucer, using his work as a centre point to investigate canon formation in European literature from the late Middle Ages and into the Early Modern period. This introduction offers a reading of Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women', establishing the grounds of discussion in the essays which follow in this volume.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Series ISSN: 0261–9822
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities
    Depositing User: Isabel Davis
    Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 11:29
    Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 11:29
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12290

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