TROILUS AND CRISEYDE--MINOR CHARACTERS      

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791. GREENFIELD, STANLEY B. "The Role of Calkas in Troilus and Criseyde." Medium AEvum 36 (1967):141-51.

Contrasts Chaucer's Calkas in Troilus and Criseyde with analogous characters in Benoit and Boccaccio, showing how Chaucer ridicules astrological prophesy and contributes to the "destinal element" of the poem and its thematic concern with Boethian philosophy.

792. KIERNAN, K[EVIN]. S. "Hector the Second: The Lost Face of Troilustratus." Annuale Mediaevale 16 (1975):52-62.

Compares the roles of Hector in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and Boccaccio's Filostrato, showing how Chaucer increased Hector's value as a foil to Troilus's questionable heroism and lack of response to apparent destiny. Through Hector, Chaucer emphasizes Troilus's abrogation of responsibility.

793. SCHIBANOFF, SUSAN. "Argus and Argyve: Etymology and Characterization in Chaucer's Troilus." Speculum 51 (1976):647-58.

Traces the traditional etymologizing of "Argyve," the name of Criseyde's mother in Troilus and Criseyde, arguing that the name characterizes the woman, ironically contrasts Criseyde with her mother, and reflects Chaucer's awareness of contemporary conflicts between "naturalistic" and "conventionalistic" theories of naming.

794. SUNDWALL, McKAY. "Deiphobus and Helen: A Tantalizing Hint." Modern Philology 73 (1975):151-56.

Suggests that Chaucer knew Vergil's account of the eventual marriage of Deiphobus and Helen, and that amorousnes was implicit in their relationship in Troilus and Criseyde. When Pandarus maueuvers the tryst scene between the titular lovers, Deiphobus and Helen's relationship helps to accomplish the tryst and provides ironic overtones.

See also entries 171, 240, 699, 779.

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