In "The Wife of Bath
Speaks in Brixton Market" and "Slam Poem," Breeze respectively re-voices and re-visions--the latter in the sense Adrienne Rich formulated in her landmark essay "When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision" (5)--the "Prologue to the Wife of Bath
's Tale" by Geoffrey Chaucer and "Who Am I" by leading Jamaican dance-hall artist Beenie Man (Anthony Moses Davis).
Chaucer's craft is evident through his characterization of the Wife of Bath
as narrator in her prologue and tale.
The Ellesmere miniatures, however, show girdles on the Parson and Chaucer, as well as on the Reeve, Manciple, Wife of Bath
, Merchant, Squire, Canon's Yeoman, Second Nun, and Nun's Priest; on the other hand, the Man of Law's "ceint of silk" is omitted (see Edwin Piper, "The Miniatures of the Ellesmere Chaucer," Philological Quarterly 3 : 241-56).
The pilgrims are from all walks of medieval life and include a knight, a miller, a monk, a prioress, a shipman and of course the rather insatiable aforementioned wife of Bath
First, Ovid appears to be perceived as a literary authority, providing examples of narrative strategies (see Fumo on Chaucer representing the Wife of Bath
as a storyteller), and acting as a key to decode figures of speech.
Try the tales of the Knight, Miller, Wife of Bath
, Nun's Priest, and Pardoner for immediate popular appeal.
Such concepts can be used, for instance, to explain why the verbal performances of the Wife of Bath
and the Pardoner, so similar in the self-revelatory nature of their prologues and tales, have such different effects on their imagined pilgrim audience and, indeed, on modern readers as well.
In addition to the renowned Beryl series of animated films, they've produced a range of commissions for S4C, Channel4and the BBC, including Famous Fred and the Wife of Bath
, an adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, which won many international awards, including two Academy nominations, BAFTAs and Emmys.
Brinkman will discuss Chaucer's portrayals of the Miller, Wife of Bath
and Pardoner before performing original rap versions of each of those tales," the release says.
The chapter closes with an analysis of the Wife of Bath
as the arch-gossip, who like so much with her character, embodies the extremes of every pastoral complaint about gossip and then takes it to yet a higher level.
Skelton might scamper behind and rub shoulders with the Green Knight and the Wife of Bath
The Wife of Bath
may be a textual incarnation of one of Jerome's 'wikked wyves' (III.