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Chaucer 6 - Chaucer’s legacy

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Duration: 0:14:43 | Added: 08 Feb 2024
Professor Marion Turner looks at Chaucer's legacy and the changes in societal perception of Chaucer. She also looks at online resources to help the beginner study Chaucer.

In this concluding episode Professor Marion Turner provides a comprehensive examination of Geoffrey Chaucer's enduring legacy, illuminating his profound influence on subsequent literary giants such as Shakespeare, Dryden, T.S. Eliot, and contemporary writers. Marion delves into the widely used epithet "Father of the English Language," contextualising it within Chaucer's innovative and experimental approach to prose and poetry. She argues persuasively for Chaucer's role as an innovative trailblazer, noting his distinction as the first major writer to be printed by Caxton and the inaugural figure to have a comprehensive collection of his works compiled and printed.

The episode navigates through different periods in societal perception of Chaucer, exploring how evolving perspectives have shaped translations and editorial decisions concerning his works. Marion eloquently makes the case for Chaucer as a European writer whose insights remain relevant to contemporary society, addressing issues that resonate with modern life.

As the conversation unfolds, Marion and Karen reflect on study resources and offer valuable guidance for students embarking on reading Chaucer. They emphasise the enduring pleasure Chaucer's writing can provide to modern readers, despite the perceived hurdles posed by the archaic language. The episode concludes with insightful advice for students on overcoming challenges in reading Chaucer and underscores the timeless appeal of his works. Marion also mentions further introductory resources for those seeking a deeper understanding of Chaucer's literary contributions and the lasting impact he has had on the trajectory of English literature.

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