CANTERBURY TALES--NAMES AND NUMBER OF THE PILGRIMS, AND PILGRIMS WITHOUT TALES
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348. ECKHARDT, CAROLINE D. "The Number of Chaucer's Pilgrims: A Review and Reappraisal." Yearbook of English Studies 5 (1975):1-18.
Challenges the critical attempts to resolve the discrepancy between Chaucer's stated number of Canterbury pilgrims (twenty-nine) and the actual count (thirty), and argues that the discrepancy is intentional, ironically characterizing the narrator and lending symbolic, numerological value to the poem.
349. ELIASON, NORMAN E. "Personal Names in the Canterbury Tales." Names 21 (1973):137-52.
Surveys the names of the pilgrims and characters of Canterbury Tales, noting Chaucer's use of his sources and his borrowing from contemporary naming practice. Chaucer's naming contributes stylistically to the impression of nonchalance so important to his poetic effect.
350. GARBATY, THOMAS JAY. "Chaucer's Guildsmen and Their Fraternity." JEGP 59 (1960):691-709.
Explores the possible political and religious affiliations of Chaucer's Guildsmen, surveying earlier criticism, and identifying their guild as the "pure parish fraternity" of Sts. Fabian and Sebastian of St. Botolph's church, Aldersgate.
351. HORRELL, JOSEPH. "Chaucer's Symbolic Plowman." Speculum 14 (1939):89-92. Reprinted in Chaucer Criticism, Volume I: "The Canterbury Tales", ed. by Richard J. Schoeck and Jerome Taylor (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1960), pp. 84-97.
Sketches the social and literary status of plowmen in Chaucer's day as background to his Plowman in the General Prologue. An ideal of worldly poverty and Christian charity, the Plowman symbolizes the "lower fringe of humanity seeking emancipation from economic and social servitude."
352. ROGERS, P. BURWELL. "The Names of the Canterbury Pilgrims." Names 16 (1968):339-46
Analyzes the names Chaucer assigns to several of his Canterbury pilgrims (Eglantine, Hubert, John, daun Piers, Hodge, Harry Baily, Robyn, and Alice) and comments upon his more general use of generic terms for labels (e.g., the Knight, the Merchant, etc.).
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