TITLE

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

AUTHOR(S)
Hopenwasser, Nanda
PUB. DATE
January 1995
SOURCE
Medieval Perspectives;1995, Vol. 10, p101
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
55665233

 

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