Chaucer, Lollius, and the medieval theory of authorship


Millett, Bella (1985) Chaucer, Lollius, and the medieval theory of authorship. In, Strohm, Paul and Heffernan, Thomas J. (eds.) Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Proceedings, No. 1, 1984: Reconstructing Chaucer. Congress of the New Chaucer Society Knoxville, USA, New Chaucer Society, 93-103. (Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Proceedings 1).

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The article explores the relationship of Chaucer's 'Lollius' to a broader medieval tradition of fictitious authors, arguing that Chaucer's self-presentation as a 'compilator' cannot be fully accounted for by the 'medieval theory of authorship'. It is likely that 'he was also influenced by a tradition of secular entertainment, outside the range of scholastic commentary and incorporating rather different assumptions about the use of literature . . . the historical authenticity of the [scholastic] viewpoint needs to be carefully weighed against the narrowness of the view.'

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 0933784074 (hardback)
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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > English
ePrint ID: 67606
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:48
Publisher: New Chaucer Society
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/67606

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