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Medieval Go-betweens and Chaucer’s Pandarus

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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Gretchen Mieszkowski
    Pages 1-8
  3. Gretchen Mieszkowski
    Pages 79-135
  4. Gretchen Mieszkowski
    Pages 137-183
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 185-218

About this book


This book explores the rich, complex, literary tradition of the medieval go-between. Idealized going between usually leads to marriage and it develops a new dimension of the much debated question of courtly love and woman's part in it. Chaucer's Pandarus's place in this go-between tradition is a tour de force.


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About the authors

GRETCHEN MIESZKOWSKI is Professor of Literature at the University of Houston, Clear Lake, USA.

Bibliographic information


"Mieszkowski has written a glorious that illuminates a fascinating literary tradition." - Studies in the Age of Chaucer"This book makes available, in all their pulsating variety, the tales of mediated sexual encounters that form part of the medieval literary legacy. The two histories it keeps separate - of fictional debasements and idealizations of desire - come together at the end in an analytical survey of modern responses to Troilus and Criseide. This will be required reading for all who teach the poem. But Chaucerians and non-Chaucerians alike will benefit from Professor Mieszkowski s magisterial study." - Marie Borroff, Sterling Professor of English Emeritus, Yale University