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Virtue of Necessity

Inconclusiveness and Narrative Form in Chaucer’s Poetry

Larry Sklute

Frontmatter and Acknowledgments

I.  “What May I Conclude?”: Introduction
II.  “I Have Gret Wonder”: Inconclusiveness in the Book of the Duchess
III.  “Betwixen Adamauntes Two”: Conceptual Inconclusiveness in the House of Fame and the Parliament of Fowls
IV.  “Of Storial Thing”: Anelida and Arcite and Troilus and Criseyde
V.  “Redy to Wenden”: The Legend of Good Women and the Outer Form of the Canterbury Tales
VI.  “After My Lawe”: Inconclusiveness and the Fragmentary Nature of the Canterbury Tales


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