Chaucer and Dissimilarity: Literary Comparisons in Chaucer and Other Late-medieval Writing

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
"The book is the first to explore the three medieval figures of comparison, imago, similitudo, and exemplum, as a web of interrelated devices which operate at different levels in his work from the individual image through thematics and narrative structure to metapoetics. Around this core, it looks back to grammatical, rhetorical, and theological traditions of comparison, in which the extent and nature of dissimilarity prove to be generically distinctive.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Introduction Comparison and Literary Language
11
Traditions of Comparison and Dissimilarity
31
Naming and the House of Fame
58
Similes
84
Patterns of Comparison in Troilus and Criseyde
119
Persuasive Comparisons in Troilus and Criseyde
145
The Poem as Exemplum
170
Notes
207
Bibliography
225
Index
235
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