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Chaucer, Lollius, and the medieval theory of authorship

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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.'

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Millett, Bella, (1985) Chaucer, Lollius, and the medieval theory of authorship Strohm, Paul and Heffernan, Thomas J. (eds.) In Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Proceedings, No. 1, 1984: Reconstructing Chaucer. New Chaucer Society. 11 pp, pp. 93-103.

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Published date: 1985
Venue - Dates: Congress of the New Chaucer Society, 1984-08-06 - 1984-08-11

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Local EPrints ID: 67606
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/67606
ISBN: 0933784074
PURE UUID: 906bfa7e-a7e5-4639-a369-195b48950161

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Date deposited: 01 Sep 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:18

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Author: Bella Millett
Editor: Paul Strohm
Editor: Thomas J. Heffernan

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