Edited by Stevens, MartinEdited by Woodward, Daniel
This volume of essays was produced in conjunction with a full-size facsimile of the Huntington's Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (ISBN 0873281624). The introductory essays and appendices, prepared by Woodward and Stevens, explains the significance and construct...ion of the facsimile and summarise the conservation work done on the manuscript as the facsimile was in the making. Essays by fourteen internationally known British, American, and Japanese scholars discuss the physical construction of the Ellesmere manuscript, its decoration and illustration, its text and language, the ways in which the arrangement and presentation of the manuscript affect the meaning of the text, the order of tales in the manuscript, the relationship of this work to contemporary literary efforts and practices, and the provenance of the manuscript before its acquisition by H E Huntington in 1917. As a reflection of the significance of this manuscript in an increasingly English-reading world, the volume concludes with a survey of Chaucer studies in Japan.Read more
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Martin Stevens is Distinguished Professor in the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Daniel Woodward is a senior research associate at the Huntington Library.
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