Geoffrey Chaucer
The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
September 10, 2019 Comments.. 846
The Wife of Bath s Prologue and Tale This well established series is now being updated with new scholarly introductions and attractive new covers Texts are in the original Middle English throughout and each has an introduction detailed

  • Title: The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
  • Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • ISBN: 9780521466899
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • This well established series is now being updated with new scholarly introductions and attractive new covers Texts are in the original Middle English throughout, and each has an introduction, detailed notes and a glossary.

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    1. Traveller says:

      Since there has been such a spate of reviews on recently, attending to texts that contain the depiction of female masochistic tendencies, I decided to go all the way and go way back to the first text we know of in English that contains this, being Geoffrey Chaucer's Wife of Bath's prologue and tale.Both the tale and prologue depicts violence visited upon women, and in the prologue, it is initially even welcomed by the woman, for love of the man inflicting the violence; but just like Ana in 50 S [...]

    2. Kathryn says:

      The wife of Bath is so outrageous in her views its hilarious. there is being a feminist and then there is The Wife of Bath, she takes manipulating men to a whole other level.

    3. Phil says:

      Continuing my reading of the Canterbury Tales in sections, we come to Fragment III, which contains the prologue and tales for The Wife of Bath, The Friar and The Summoner. Of course the Wife is the star of this section in fact, she's probably the star of the whole collection, so vividly is she brought to life. This is a woman who plays life by men's rules - she wants sex, she wants money, she wants control over her own destiny. In Chaucer's day, men could have all these, but women were either s [...]

    4. Billierosie Billierosie says:

      She’s the archetypal Dominatrix, and she was created over seven hundred years ago in the fourteenth century by Geoffrey Chaucer. She’s the “Wife of Bath,” and she knew a thing or two about making men behave themselves. Usually, I look to the Greek myths, when I’m searching around for an archetype. Certainly, the myths have their share of strong women, women who really were downright superior to men. The terrifying Medusa, who could turn men, and anyone else for that matter, into stone. [...]

    5. C.B. Cook says:

      Definitely not my favorite, but a little better content-wise than The Miller's Tale.

    6. Chloe says:

      Review to come.Rating - 1/5★

    7. Devon says:

      The Wife of Bath is a boss.

    8. Carl says:

      Chaucer is a very interesting poet. The prologue to the Canterbury Tales is a great piece of poetry. The Wife of Bath is also a delightful character, and the poem itself can be surprisingly subversive. The Wife of Bath talks openly about her amorous exploits and seems to have agency in her relationships. That was the prologue though. The tale is much more problematic. There are some photo-feminist elements, but, the tale isn't perfect and can be misogynistic. Despite all of that I enjoyed the Wi [...]

    9. Keith says:

      The prologue outshines the tale, though that is good, too. The Wife of Bath is one of those rare creations that live beyond the page, at times combining humor, cynicism, wisdom and bawdiness. (10/11)

    10. Cris Vallejo says:

      "Forbid us something, and we desire that thing. Press on us hard, and then we will flee.""If women had written histories, as scholars have in their chapels, they would have written about men more evil than all the sons of Adam could redress."

    11. Laura Simpson says:

      I really enjoyed the tale itself, after reading the pardoners tale a year ago I wanted to see how this would compare. I loved seeing a tale from a female point of view and I enjoyed they way the relationship between men and women where explored. I felt that the story still had some relevance in today's life as well which I found intriguing. I chose the edition I did as I felt with using the same guide for the pardoner that it gave a lot more of ease of read and I was able to understand some of t [...]

    12. Isobel says:

      While I quite enjoyed the Wife's voice for a while, it quickly became dull and repetitive, and in many places very much over-emphasised. As for the tale, I disagreed with the 'moral', but most of all I disliked how far the narrative voice differed from the prologue, due to Chaucer assigning the tale to the Wife after it had been written. Overall it's fairly entertaining for a while but I wouldn't recommend it I don't think, unless someone was specifically interested in very early British literat [...]

    13. Farzana says:

      Currently studying this for English literature and I have to say I am loving it! Alison is such a new and original character which we wouldn't expect to find in the 14th century! Chaucers ambiguous and ability to create such a 3-dimensional character who we love and hate is why I absolutely loved it! The tale wasn't very entertaining but the prologue is great! Even though the English was more towards Latin, after a whole you get use to it and begin to understand what Chaucer wrote! The wife of b [...]

    14. say says:

      Read it in the Northon Anthology, not this edition. Surprisingly good. Not that I thought it would be bad, but I was surprised by how fascinating it was not only in terms of the pleasure and enjoyment I got out of it, but also thematically and historically. It's almost shocking to think that this was actually written and published in the 14th - freaking - century. It and Chaucer was definetly way ahead of his time. The discussions we had in our class was really, really interesting. Makes me want [...]

    15. Becca says:

      Pretty hard to review this book as I read it at school and was constantly analysing it as well as writing essays. However I was surprised how much I liked this book. After doing background research and reading it was quite interesting to read such an old piece of text that had so much humour and irony in it.Although it has not been the most enjoyable piece of poetry I have read it was defiantly worth it and I am sure some time in the future I pick up Chaucer again and give it ago (even if it's a [...]

    16. Charlottw says:

      Everyone seems to have totally misinterpreted this chaucher is a master of satire look at it as acritism of the medieval church and their attitudes to women, the wife is fits all of the sterotypes of women of the day nagging annoying all the rest (think of all the old mother in law jokes) an don't forget that the wife is an example of a strong women even back thenRead it in it's context like u read austen shaksphere and marlowe and remember it is satire not serious It's actuallly very cleaver

    17. Ambsg says:

      The Wife of Bath is an amazing character created by Chaucer to be the saviour of women in marriages. She can be said to be both an antifeminist and a feminist depending on whether you take her bawdiness as amusing or insulting to women, she certainly lives up to the views of the times on women and how they behave. Overall a very humorous and blunt depiction of marriage and sex, with heavy medieval language to boot.

    18. Alannah Clarke says:

      I found this to be quite a interesting tale. When I think of the middle ages, I don't necessarily think of the theme of sex or sexual relationships as something that was explored, let alone written about. Chaucer does not paint a nice image when it comes to the Wife of Bath, she is portrayed as quite loud and bossy, the sort of wife every man dreads. However I am not surprised but I would say that she is the first dominatrix in literature.

    19. Marjani says:

      One of my favorites. I actually loved the prologue more than the tale as their really was no punishment for the Knight. The argument as to Chaucer's portrayal of Alisoun as a misogynist is amusing - I completely understand the debate. However, I personally view her character as a humanist. READ it, and decide for yourself ;-)

    20. Melanie says:

      Prologue: 2.5 starsI did not really like Alisoun's prologue. Can't she talk about anything else apart from sex? Ugh, after 5 pages I was so fed up with her lust and wants, yikes!Tale: 3.5 starsI enjoyed the tale better. I think people can meditate on the moral of the story and what it can brings us. Nice one.

    21. Matt Miles says:

      Here's where it gets interesting. The prologue is better known than the tale, if only for better fleshing out one of Chaucer's most complex characters. Was she a caricature, sympathetic, a feminist hero? Is only one answer the correct one? These questions are still worth asking hundreds of years later, and Chaucer's Wife of Bath still asks them.

    22. Luke says:

      Funny and subversive for its time. The Wife of Bath has been called the first feminist character in English literature, which makes Chaucer the first feminist poet. Because women needed a man to show them how to be feminists.

    23. Rachael MacLean says:

      The Wife of Bath's prologue might have been one of my favorite things we read in my Arthurian Literature class. It's a really remarkable piece of literature. Since it is Middle English it takes a while to figure it out, but stick with it because it's really rewarding.

    24. David says:

      I couldn't really get into this. At least not the contemporary views of what scholars believe this epic poem to be. I can only appreciate the book for it's test against time as being one of the original English works to have survived.

    25. Samantha Maloney says:

      I honestly loved this story. It was absolutely hilarious. Anyone who is anyone NEEDS to read this.

    26. Laura says:

      I wouldn't have read this book if I wasn't studying it - but it wasn't too bad, considering it was written in Old English. It served it's purpose.

    27. Pang says:

      I so much enjoyied and loved a marriage of Sir Gawain! <3

    28. Laura says:

      super funny stuff!

    29. Chris brown says:

      required reading for English. Many different words and constructs for, "vagina"

    30. Loren Harway says:

      This prologue is just cruel. I really didn't take to it, not the content - just the style. When the tale itself began I was so past relieved.

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