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Title: 'For my Synne and for my Yong Delite': Chaucer, the Tale of Beryn, and the Problem of Adolescentia
Authors: Parsons, Ben
First Published: 2008
Publisher: Modern Humanities Research Association
Citation: Modern Language Review, 2008, 103 (4), pp. 940-951
Abstract: Most criticism of the Tale of Beryn deals principally with the ‘continuities’ between the text and Chaucer’s work. Contrary to this position, the paper concentrates on the points at which Beryn departs from Chaucer, signalling how the later poet engages with and even challenges his predecessor in productive ways. In particular it focuses on the different attitudes to adolescence put forward by the two poets. It is found that the later writer exploits latent discrepancies in Chaucer’s text to initiate a debate on youth, sensing a greater level of danger in adolescence than his forebear.
DOI Link: 10.2307/20468023
ISSN: 0026-7937
eISSN: 2222-4319
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2008 Modern Humanities Research Association. Archived with permission of the publisher.
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