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This was the vulgar, bouncing Wife of Bath. She dressed in rich and gaudy clothes, she liked to go about to see and be seen and have a good time.
This section is followed by a look at another of Chaucer's key rivalries, the debate between the Clerk and the Wife of Bath. Scala argues that both tales approach the issue of female desire from the opposing direction, yet arrive at much the same point: they both set forth "ideal self-images," as the Clerk's inhumanly submissive Griselde and Alisoun's authoritative "loathly lady" offer two behavioral models for women (127).
The rest is for fun alone: a collection of "Imitations and Parodies" with a graphic novel by Seymour Chwast, the cover showing the Wife of Bath on a bicycle (2011); aboard game called "Hazard" based on the Tales (1995); miniature books, including one with the Tales pictured on a front cover half an inch by three-quarters but blank pages for the rest, and another, only a little larger, containing a selection of the Tales, supposed to have been carried into space by an astronaut.
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).
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 [1924]: 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.
"It's a tricky line to walk but as we were translating we realised that the key things were to keep it accessible and keep it funny." A medieval market will be held before the show, where the audience can interact with the characters, buy their wares and even enjoy a kiss from the Wife of Bath.
For those already familiar with the Knight, the Pardoner, Alison the Wife of Bath and the host of other Chaucerian protagonists, it is delightful to recognise them.
BEDWORTH Theatre Company offer some bawdy fun with free performances of Chaucer's The Wife Of Bath's Tale from The Canterbury Tales at Church End Brewery at Ridge Lane at 2pm and 4pm on Sunday.
Fumo, "Argus' Eyes, Midas' Ears and the Wife of Bath as a Storyteller" 131-50).