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A Chaucer name dictionary : a guide to astrological, biblical, historical, literary, and mythological names in the works of Geoffrey Chaucer / Jacqueline de Weever.

By: De Weever, Jacqueline, 1932-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Garland reference library of the humanities: vol. 709.Publisher: New York : Garland Pub., 1987Description: xx, 402 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0824083067 (alk. paper); 9780824083069 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400 -- Dictionaries | Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400 -- Knowledge -- Occultism | Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400 -- Knowledge -- Literature | Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400 -- Knowledge -- Mythology | Names, Personal, in literature -- Dictionaries | Astrology in literature -- Dictionaries | Mythology in literature -- Dictionaries | Allusions in literature -- Dictionaries | Poetry in English Chaucer, Geoffrey, 1340?-1400. Linguistic aspectsDDC classification: 821/.1 LOC classification: PR1903 | .D4 1987
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [367]-402).

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De Weever (Brooklyn College) has produced a dictionary generally superior in detail and in convenience to all previous Chaucerian personal name dictionaries, including Hiram Corson's frequently reprinted Index of Proper Names and Subjects to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1911), Bert Dillon's Chaucer Dictionary (CH, Oct '75), and A.F. Scott's Who's Who in Chaucer (1974). (For information on place names, scholars must continue to rely on F.P. Magoun's A Chaucer Gazetteer, 1961.) Arrangement by Chaucerian spellings offers convenient access to De Weever's readable entries. These typically extend from a few lines to several pages (for significant personalities like Seneca, Boethius, and Jean de Meun). De Weever's work will be very useful to students who need immediate explanations of Chaucer's allusions to the names of ancient and contemporary literary and political personalities; classical gods, nymphs, and monsters; prophets, saints, and popes; and other less romantic individuals who people his works, like the Cook "Roger of Ware" and the Prioress "Eglentyne." Scholars will delight in the historical, mythological, etymological, linguistical, and bibliographical detail of the individual entries. All occurrences of a name, for example, are referenced by work and line; additionally, occurrences in medial and final rhyming positions are indicated. Moreover, De Weever's extensive bibliography of recent modern editions of classical and medieval sources is a real boon to the library intent on collecting primary materials. De Weever's work is weaker than Dillon's and Scott's, however, for explanations of personifications, like "Death," "Fame," and "Poverty," for example. In addition, although De Weever's work readily answers questions about Chaucer's use of allusions to names, this should not be confused with the identification of Chaucer's allusions to the works of others. For example, De Weever shows where and how Chaucer literally used the name "Josephus," and her entry for Dante indicates that Chaucer made a personal reference to Dante "where he does not mention his name." De Weever, however, does not resolve the more complex question of Chaucer's use of Josephus's and Dante's works without directly or indirectly acknowledging his debt. For this scholars must rely on a variety of resources, including Lynn King Morris's Chaucer Source and Analogue Criticism (CH, Jul '86). De Weever's dictionary is highly recommended for academic and research-level public libraries. -J. K. Bracken, The Ohio State University

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