CANTERBURY TALES--THE HOST                

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343. GAYLORD, ALAN T. "Sentence and Solaas in Fragment VII of the Canterbury Tales: Harry Bailly as Horseback Editor." PMLA 82 (1967):226-35.

Describes the Host's aesthetic sense as an aesthetic of the obvious and demonstrates how Chaucer challenges us to supply a more valid counter-aesthetic in Fragment VII, the "Literature Group," by focusing attention on tale-telling itself. The pilgrim Chaucer, his two tales, and their link are of central importance.

344. KEEN, WILLIAM. "`To Doon Yow Ese': A Study of the Host in the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales." Topic 9, no. 19 (1969):5-18.

Assesses the presentation of the Host in the General Prologue, observing the reactions of the narrator and the other pilgrims to him, and characterizing him by his physical appearance, his literary credentials, and his "solicitousness and the spontaneity of his imagination."

345. PAGE, BARBARA. "Concerning the Host." Chaucer Review 4 (1970):1-13.

Surveys the character and the thematic and structural functions of the Host in Canterbury Tales, identifying him as a medieval type of pride and comparing him to the bourgeoisie in estates satires. Assesses his anti-Boethian discourse on time and his contribution to the Marriage Argument through his relations with Goodelief.

346. RICHARDSON, CYNTHIA C. "The Function of the Host in the Canterbury Tales." Texas Studies in Language and Literature 12 (1970):325-44.

Studies the character of the Host in Canterbury Tales in his representative capacity as the "forces external to that artist that press him to create." The Host's aesthetic judgments, his demands as an audience, and his concern with time motivate the tale-telling contest and embody Chaucer's awareness of the demands society places upon the artist.

347. SCHEPS, WALTER. "'Up roos oure Hoost, and was oure aller cok': Harry Bailly's Tale-Telling Competition." Chaucer Review 10 (1976):113-28.

Summarizes the Host's character and his citeria of literary quality by surveying his responses to individual Canterbury tales and their tellers. Argues that Chaucer presages the Host's selection of Nun's Priest's Tale as the winner of the tale-telling contest.

See also entries 255, 257, 272, 290, 298, 535, 572, 575, 577, 580, 586, 590, 610, 617, 642.

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