Whan that May? Chaucer's breaking with convention in the opening lines of the Canterbury Tales.

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  • Author(s): Cawsey, Kathy1
  • Source:
    Explicator. Apr-Jun2020, Vol. 78 Issue 2, p75-79. 5p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Canterbury Tales
      Chaucer
      genre
      May morning
      romance
      romance conventions
    • Abstract:
      The article discusses why Geoffrey Chaucer used the month of April, instead of May, as the spring setting in the opening lines of "The Canterbury Tales." Topics covered include the symbolism of the spring setting, other medieval romances and dream visions that are likewise set in May, and the fact that the book is about a pilgrimage, rather than a romantic dream vision or love story.
    • Author Affiliations:
      1Dalhousie University
    • Full Text Word Count:
      1912
    • ISSN:
      0014-4940
    • Accession Number:
      10.1080/00144940.2020.1733454
    • Accession Number:
      144655294
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CAWSEY, K. Whan that May? Chaucer’s breaking with convention in the opening lines of the Canterbury Tales. Explicator, [s. l.], v. 78, n. 2, p. 75–79, 2020. DOI 10.1080/00144940.2020.1733454. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=144655294. Acesso em: 26 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Cawsey K. Whan that May? Chaucer’s breaking with convention in the opening lines of the Canterbury Tales. Explicator. 2020;78(2):75-79. doi:10.1080/00144940.2020.1733454
    • APA:
      Cawsey, K. (2020). Whan that May? Chaucer’s breaking with convention in the opening lines of the Canterbury Tales. Explicator, 78(2), 75–79. https://doi.org/10.1080/00144940.2020.1733454
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Cawsey, Kathy. 2020. “Whan That May? Chaucer’s Breaking with Convention in the Opening Lines of the Canterbury Tales.” Explicator 78 (2): 75–79. doi:10.1080/00144940.2020.1733454.
    • Harvard:
      Cawsey, K. (2020) ‘Whan that May? Chaucer’s breaking with convention in the opening lines of the Canterbury Tales’, Explicator, 78(2), pp. 75–79. doi: 10.1080/00144940.2020.1733454.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Cawsey, K 2020, ‘Whan that May? Chaucer’s breaking with convention in the opening lines of the Canterbury Tales’, Explicator, vol. 78, no. 2, pp. 75–79, viewed 26 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Cawsey, Kathy. “Whan That May? Chaucer’s Breaking with Convention in the Opening Lines of the Canterbury Tales.” Explicator, vol. 78, no. 2, Apr. 2020, pp. 75–79. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/00144940.2020.1733454.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Cawsey, Kathy. “Whan That May? Chaucer’s Breaking with Convention in the Opening Lines of the Canterbury Tales.” Explicator 78, no. 2 (April 2020): 75–79. doi:10.1080/00144940.2020.1733454.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Cawsey K. Whan that May? Chaucer’s breaking with convention in the opening lines of the Canterbury Tales. Explicator [Internet]. 2020 Apr [cited 2020 Oct 26];78(2):75–9. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=144655294