Chaucer and Dissimilarity: Literary Comparisons in Chaucer and Other Late-medieval Writing
"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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Introduction Comparison and Literary Language
Traditions of Comparison and Dissimilarity
Naming and the House of Fame
Patterns of Comparison in Troilus and Criseyde
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