The Legend of Thebes and Literary Patricide in Chaucer, Boccaccio, and Statius

@article{Schwebel2014TheLO,
  title={The Legend of Thebes and Literary Patricide in Chaucer, Boccaccio, and Statius},
  author={Leah Schwebel},
  journal={Studies in the Age of Chaucer},
  year={2014},
  volume={36},
  pages={139 - 168}
}
  • Leah Schwebel
  • Published 2014
  • Art
  • Studies in the Age of Chaucer
  • Chaucer’s refusal to name Boccaccio in The Knight’s Tale and elsewhere in his poetry has often been interpreted as a strategic attempt to lend his writings more substantial authority.1 As a recent author writing in a vernacular language, Boccaccio’s name lacks the solemnity of a ‘‘Lollius,’’ a ‘‘Corynne,’’ or even an anonymous ‘‘old book.’’ Critics have generally agreed, therefore, that Chaucer invents these sources for the same reason that medieval historiographers such as John of Salisbury or… CONTINUE READING

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