Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2014, Page: 76-83
The Matriarch of Bath – Chaucer’s Feminist Insights
Tiffany J. Smith, English Department/English Instructor, Fortis College, Winter Park, Florida, USA
Received: Apr. 5, 2014;       Accepted: May 4, 2014;       Published: May 20, 2014
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.20140203.14      View  3319      Downloads  551
Abstract
This paper critically analyzes Geoffrey Chaucer’s character Allison of his tale “The Wife of Bath” within the Canterbury Tales. The argument is made that Chaucer intentionally used this character to present his personal feminist ideals to his audience, thereby acting as an advocate for women under the guise of literary author. Evidence will be presented both from the text by analyzing her characterization, imagery, and dialog while the weight of this thesis will rest upon The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer evidence presented by scholars, particularly from the “Chaucer Review” scholarly journal, as well as research conducted on the life and times of women during the medieval era.
Keywords
Feminism, Chaucer, Matriarchal, Canterbury, Bath
To cite this article
Tiffany J. Smith, The Matriarch of Bath – Chaucer’s Feminist Insights, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2014, pp. 76-83. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20140203.14
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