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AS/A-Level English Literature: The Wife of Bath's Prologue & Tale Student Student Text Guide (Student Text Guides) Paperback – 26 Jun 2009

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Philip Allan (26 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034096572X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340965726
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 17.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Student Text Guides are written by experienced teachers and examiners for the specific needs of students of AS/A-level English Literature, whether attempting a coursework assignment or revising for an examination. They are the perfect accompaniment to the set text, providing invaluable background and exam advice.

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A well-established and respected series with titles in the original Middle English. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Bought for A Level English Lit.
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Chaucer's middle english is at first confusing but the content is worth the trouble. The good detailed notes and glossary at the end of this edition explain the fourteenth century jokes and references, even if they are not so funny after six hundred or so years. The messages of the Prologue and Tale are however very relevant, showing the problems and contradictions of a woman seeking equality in a male dominated society.
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I'm studying 'The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale' for my A levels and am finding it to be of great help. There's a summary of each section of the prologue and tale, and plenty of sections to do with background and different approaches to the text, as well as information about the themes, characters, and the literary techniques used. I've got two other study guides for 'The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale' and although this one was a bit more expensive, it was definitely worth it! The only thing it doesn't really have is any critical information written by other people, but this is easily found in other places if your course requires it anyway!
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The Wife of Bath is valued for her bawdy and irreverant attitude to life and this makes her, perhaps, the best character to introduce one to a study of Chaucer or to deepen one's understanding. This edition gives all that it necessary: the text, notes and glossary but it is vital to note the difference between Chaucer's description of her in the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales and what is better called her "preamble" where she chats at length to the pilgrims before telling her tale - though this account of her life is, in many ways, her tale. For Chaucer's description you may want to read an edition of the General Prologue to compare it with that of other pilgrims, particularly the other women: the Prioress (detailed) and the Nun (barely mentioned.) Some critics have seen a disparity between her preamble which relates the story of her marriages in direct and ruthless fashion and the fairy-tale which follows it. But the two are united by the theme of what women want and the Wife certainly knows that that is "maistrie" or dominance over men. The preamble is notable for its oral signals of rhetoric; its revelations; some intentional, others accidental; its feminism; its humour; the reactions of the audience who cannot keep quiet and its pervading theme of two types of authority: experience (of which the Wife has an abundance) and books (which she somewhat resents.) She is likeable despite all her cynicism and rough dealings and the reader realises that she truly loved Janekin with his curly gold hair and shapely legs. We may be scandalised at her justification of infidelity, that one can take light from a candle without diminishing its glow and her calculating marriages with old, rich men but we sympathise with her, despite all, because of her courage and honesty.Read more ›
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There is no indication of the difference between the kindle and print edition. Very sloppy Amazon! This was cheap in the kindle edition but includes only the text (in modernised spelling) with a paraphrase or gloss of difficult words or phrases, in what would be the right margin if there was one. It can be difficult to disentangle the paraphrase from the text and to understand what's going on, owing to the lack of formatting. Unless you are reasonably familiar with Chaucer I wouldn't recommend this.
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I would definitely recommend the Cambridge School Chaucer edition (edited by Valerie Allen and David Kirkham) of the Wife of Bath for A-level study. I've got a few different editions and this is the most helpful for both teacher and student. Each pair of pages has a page of the text on the right, with relevant questions and a glossary on the left; this means that the formatting and type is clear - unlike some, which cram a lot of the text on to the page and have a glossary later in the book. You might find that there are some words or phrases that you have to look up, but that's not really a bother.
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By Sara on 30 Jun. 2016
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The paper quality in this book is fantastic. You know those yellow, shabby pages with the ink staining off it? this is absolutely not one of those books. The cover is glossy and the pages are crisp and white. Another good thing is the annotations on the side and the additional information at the beginning. I needed this for college (so it was HEAVILY) annotated but I am impressed at the way it held itself!
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This is a really fine recording of this classic tale. In many ways the Wife of Bath exists in the voice that Chaucer created for her, and this is brilliantly revealed here. It is incredible that this voice can reach across the centuries and delight and entertain us even still. There is nothing like hearing her in Middle-English.
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