Earnest Games

Earnest Games

Folkloric Patterns in the Canterbury Tales
Carl Lindahl
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/22/1989
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20550-6
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In Ernest Games Carl Lindahl recovers a folkloric world long hidden from readers of Chaucer. Lindahl is the first critic to demonstrate how the poem reflects the social and artistic patterns of medieval folk performance. Combining current approaches from the fields of literary criticism, social history, and folklore, Earnest Games begins with a study of Chaucer's setting and characters. Lindahl discovers that Chaucer gives each community—the gentils, the churls, and the pilgrims—a game strategy that faithfully reflects the social realities of the English Middle Ages.

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