292. Say it With Poetry: Chaucer and Langland

Posted on 31 December 2017

Philosophical themes in Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” and “Troilus and Criseyde,” as well as Langland’s “Piers Plowman.”

Further Reading

• F.N. Robinson (ed.), The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (Boston: 1957).

• A.V.C. Schmidt, Piers Plowman: a New Translation of the B-Text (Oxford: 2009).

• J. Warrington (ed.), Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde (London: 1974).


• D.N. Baker, “From Plowing to Penitence: Piers Plowman and Fourteenth-Century Theology,” Speculum 55 (1980), 715-25.

• P. Boitani and J. Mann (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer (Cambridge: 1986).

• A. Cole and A. Galloway, The Cambridge Companion to Piers Plowman (Cambridge: 2014).

• J. Coleman, Piers Plowman and the Moderni (Rome: 1981).

• R. Davis, Piers Plowman and the Books of Nature (Oxford: 2016).

• R. Delasanta, “Nominalism and the ‘Clerk’s Tale’ Revisited,” Chaucer Review 31 (1997), 209-31.

• K. Kerby-Fulton, “Piers Plowman,” in D. Wallace (ed.), The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature (Cambridge: 1999), 513-38.

• K.L. Lynch, “The Parliament of Fowls and Late Medieval Voluntarism,” Chaucer Review 25 (1990), 1-16 and 85-95.

• K.L. Lynch, Chaucer’s Philosophical Visions (Cambridge: 2000).

• M. Miller, Philosophical Chaucer: Love, Sex and Agency in the Canterbury Tales (Cambridge: 2005).

• R. Stepsis, “Potentia absoluta and the Clerk’s Tale,” Chaucer Review 10 (1975), 129-46.

• D. Strong, The Philosophy of Piers Plowman: the Ethics and Epistemology of Love in Late Medieval Thought (Cham: 2017).

Online text of the Canterbury Tales

Online text of Piers Plowman


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