Bibliography (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Legend of Good Women. Translated by Ann McMillan. Houston, Tex.: Rice University Press, 1987. Provides a literal modern English translation of Chaucer’s Middle English verse. Includes a sixty-page general introduction and useful “Suggestions for Further Reading” on the subject of medieval women.
Frank, Robert Worth, Jr. Chaucer and “The Legend of Good Women.” Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972. The first full-length study of the poem and probably the best source for the general reader. Focuses on narrative technique and finds the work to represent a stylistic turning point in Chaucer’s development.
Fyler, John M. Chaucer and Ovid. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1979. Chapter 4, “The Legend of Good Women: Palinode and Procrustean Bed,” offers a clearly written, concise reading of the poem as a comic exercise.
Kiser, Lisa J. Telling Classical Tales: Chaucer and “The Legend of Good Women.” Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1983. Argues that the work is really more about Chaucer’s basic views of literature than about his views of love. Includes discussions of medieval theories of literature and an analysis of Chaucer’s use of sources.
Rowe, Donald W. Through Nature to Eternity: Chaucer’s...
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