MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Isabel B. Stanley, Jeffrey Powers-Beck
Few of Chaucer’s works provoke such animosity as does his “Clerk’s Tale.” Modern critics are divided by the social and gender issues that to which the tale lends itself. However, the tale was immensely popular to Middle Age audiences and was one of the best loved of the Canterbury Tales. Therefore, to dismiss this tale’s literary values outright, as some critics have done, is a mistake. By examining the history of the Griselda story, Chaucer’s use of his source materials, and the tales placement within the Canterbury Tales, this thesis is an attempt to examine the tale in more culturally, religiously, and historically appropriate way.
Thesis - Open Access
Brandon, Robert R. II, ""And Gladly Wolde He Teche": Chaucer's Use of Source Materials in the "Clerk's Tale."" (2003). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 748. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/748
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