Chaucer and the Mystics

Robert Boenig

The Canterbury Tales and the Genre of Devotional Prose

1995
231 pages
ISBN 0-8387-5288-8

Chaucer and the Mystics is a contextualization of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in terms of the genre Chaucer himself valorizes in his Retraction, the prose treatise of morality and devotion. The many works of this kind have not yet been studied for their connections with Chaucer's writings - a surprising fact, given Chaucer's interest in them and the occasional inclusion of works like the Parson's Tale, the Tale of Melibee, and the Monk's Tale anonymously in fifteenth-century compendia of devotional treatises.

About the author:

Robert Boenig is the editor of Studia Mystica and as associate professor of English at Texas A&M University. He is the author of Saint and Hero: Andreas and Medieval Doctrine, and his articles have appeared in Journal of English and Germanic Philology, English Language Notes, The Chaucer Review, and Neophilologus.

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