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Wife of Bath
First EditionGeoffrey Chaucer, Edited by Peter G. Beidler©1996
As part of Bedford/St. Martin's inventive Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series, this edition of The Wife of Bath is accompanied by carefully seclected critical essays which approach the book from several contemporary critical perspectives.
Table of Contents
About This Volume
PART I. THE WIFE OF BATH: THE COMPLETE TEXT
Biographical and Historical Contexts
Introduction to the Text
The Complete Text
Description of the Wife of Bath from the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales
The Prologue to the Wife of Bath's Tale
The Wife of Bath's Tale
PART II. THE WIFE OF BATH: A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM
A Critical History of the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
New Historicism and the Wife of Bath
What Is New Historicism?
New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography
A New Historicist Perspective:
Lee Patterson, "Experience woot well is it noght so": Marriage and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
Marxist Criticism and the Wife of Bath
What Is Marxist Criticism?
Marxist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Marxist Perspective:
Laurie Finke, "All is for to selle": Breeding Capital in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
Psychoanalytic Criticism and the Wife of Bath
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
Louise O. Fradenburg, "Fulfild of fairye": The Social Meaning of Fantasy in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
Deconstructive Criticism and the Wife of Bath
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
A Deconstructionist Perspective:
H. Marshall Leicester, Jr., "My bed was ful of verray blood": Subject, Dream, and Rape in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
Feminist Criticism and the Wife of Bath
What Is Feminist Criticism?
Feminist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Feminist Perspective:
Elaine Tuttle Hansen, "Of his love daungerous to me": Liberation, Subversion, and Domestic Violence in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors