What is it about?

The article focuses on the construction of an amorous relationship in Chaucer's poetry. The issue of a lady's consent is framed in the article by the larger background of the partly conflicting Germanic and Roman cultural traditions both impacting Chaucerian England.

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Why is it important?

The article offers a perspective to analyzing wooing scenes in Chaucer's poetry, and it sheds light on the use of playfulness in such scenes.


The article examines the nature of playfulness in Chaucer's major poems, and shows how it can be grounded in the content and the context of a threat.

Juhani Rudanko
University of Tampere

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This page is a summary of: “I wol sterve”, Journal of Historical Pragmatics, March 2004, John Benjamins,
DOI: 10.1075/jhp.5.1.07rud.
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