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Chaucer’s Choices

Through the looking-glass of medieval imagery


Katarzyna Stadnik

The monograph discusses the relation between language and visual culture, focusing on two Chaucerian narratives, «Knight’s Tale» and «Troilus and Criseyde». The study highlights the significance of the continuity of imagery in language and material culture for cultural transmission, providing insights into the relation between Chaucer’s linguistic usage and the late medieval symbolic tradition. Undertaken within the Cognitive Linguistic framework, the research indicates the usefulness of adopting a panchronic perspective on the development of language and culture.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Stadnik, Katarzyna, 1978-  Chaucer’s choices : through the looking-glass of medieval imagery / Katarzyna Stadnik.    pages cm. – (Łódź studies in language ; Vol. 38)   Includes bibliographical references.  ISBN 978-3-631-66383-7 1. Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400–Language. 2. Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400. Knight’s tale. 3. Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400. Troilus and Criseyde. 4. English language–Middle English, 1100-1500. 5. Tales, Medieval–Themes, motives. I. Title.     PR1940.S73 2015    821’.1–dc23


Reviewed by Professor Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk and Professor Łukasz Bogucki. This publication was financially supported by the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin. ISSN 1437-5281 ISBN 978-3-631-66383-7 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-05874-1 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-05874-1 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2015 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH.

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