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Chaucer and the Subject of History
Chaucer and the Subject of History
Lee Patterson

"The product of one of the most original and powerful minds in medieval literary studies.... The Chaucer book of our generation."—Peter W. Travis, Dartmouth College

Chaucer's interest in individuality was strikingly modern. He was profoundly aware of the pressures on individuality exerted by the past and by society-by history. Chaucer investigated not just the idea of history but the historical world intimately related to his own political and literary career. Patterson's chapters on individual tales clarify and confirm his provocative arguments. Chaucer and the Subject of History is a landmark book, one that has profoundly shaped the way that Chaucer is read.

· Winner of the 1992 Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award
· Winner of a 1992 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Books Award

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the cover of Patterson's book is white, with an insert illustration of abstract art

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LC: 90-050651 PR
504 pp 6 X 9

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ISBN 978-0-299-12834-0
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