The Wife of Bath as Storyteller: ''Al is for to selle" or Is It? Idealism and Spiritual Growth as Evidenced in the Wife Bath's Tale

Hopenwasser, Nanda
January 1995
Medieval Perspectives;1995, Vol. 10, p101
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
In this article, the author examines the Wife of Bath's tale from Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" and argues that the narrator, Alys, performs a shamanistic role through her storytelling, thus making her a secular version of a medieval religious woman similar to Margery Kempe or St. Bridget of Sweden. The author analyzes various critical readings of the tale and suggests that Alys represents a protofeminist "wise woman" who leads a struggle for gender equality.


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