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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

Clair C. Olson

First Committee Member

Louis H. Leiter

Second Committee Member

Charles Clerc

Third Committee Member

William A. Binkley[?]

Fourth Committee Member

Howard B. Passel


Troilus and Criseyde contains surprisingly little description (only two percent of the total number of lines); nevertheless, descriptions generate numerous dramatic parallels and thematic implications. For the most part, description concentrates on cosmography and characters. Chaucer omits detailed descriptions of interior settings - they are either ignored or impressionistically suggested by mention of single items - but, rather, he dwells on generalized impressions of seasons; detailed accounts of sunrises, sunsets, and astronomical conditions; and methodically controlled pictures of the major characters. To observe the overall effect and use Chaucer makes descriptive passages - to see authorial implication in passages of description - it would be best to analyze cosmographic descriptions in the order in which they occur, separate from descriptions of characters and objects associated with them.





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