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Chaucer to Shakespeare, 1337-1580 by SunHee Kim Gertz

Chaucer to Shakespeare, 1337-1580

Part of the Transitions Series


Chaucer to Shakespeare, 1337-1580 by SunHee Kim Gertz

In the 250 years introduced here, literature reflects key transitions, embedded as it is in far-reaching political, religious and socio-economic transformations. This volume tracks some of the resulting tensions in various genres, especially those that re-integrate or respond to the traditional. Such literature is examined by using the tools of rhetoric and semiotics, interpreting from the author-audience axis and focusing on dissonant markers in canonical as well as in less well-known narratives. SunHee Kim Gertz looks at the history and culture of the era in order to contextualise the work she examines, including Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Book of Margery Kempe, Le Morte D'Arthur and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Offering a refreshing new perspective on a period of rich literary output, that students often find difficult to engage, this will prove a welcome guide and critical companion.


This volume on the period from Chaucer to Shakespeare offers a comprehensive and thoroughly comparative approach to its materials in ways that readers will find wonderfully helpful and new. The underlying assumption of its method is that the authors of the late medieval and early modern period shared assumptions about the creative process that can best be understood and appreciated in terms of rhetorical strategies and semiotic signs connecting word and image through the medium of artistic communication. The handsome illustrations and attention to historical context underscore the cross-disciplinary commitment of this fresh approach to late medieval art of all genres. The book is written in an engaging style calculated to make it vividly available to today's readers.' - Professor David Bevington, University of Chicago 'This is an admirably controlled survey of a large field. SunHee Kim Gertz's remarkable grasp of the traditions of European rhetoric enable her to provide a really fresh perspective on the English canon of the later medieval and early modern periods, while her analysis remains firmly grounded in broader European cultural developments.' - Professor Winthrop Wetherbee, Cornell University 'Gertz adds an imaginative, student-friendsly vigorous scholarly conversation concerning an era of great literary innovation and change.' - Albion

About the Author

SUNHEE KIM GERTZ is Professor of English at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th November 2000


SunHee Kim Gertz

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Palgrave Macmillan


272 pages


Literary studies: classical, early & medieval

Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Cultural studies



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