Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 7881
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Rudat , Wolfgang E. H.
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  • Title: Reading Chaucer's Earnest Games: Folk-Mode or Literary Sophistication? [There is no strict difference between the categories of "ernest" (serious, moral) and "game" (light, entertaining) in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The Merchant's Tale, a bawdy fabliau about an unfaithful wife and impotent husband, is an example of an "ernest game," a humorous form of story telling that has its roots in folklore and the oral tradition. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: English Language Notes 29, 2 (December 1991): Pages 16 - 20.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Adultery in Literature Chaucer, Geoffrey, Poet - Canterbury Tales - Merchant's Tale Fabliau, Literary Genre Folklore Games Humor, Bawdy Impotence in Literature Irony Literature - Verse Oral Tradition Satire Sexuality in Literature
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  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 14
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Houston
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  • Year of Publication: 1991.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00138282