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Ardis Butterfield

Ardis Butterfield is the president of the New Chaucer Society. She teaches at Yale.

Medieval Literary Itineraries

Ardis Butterfield, 26 April 2018

David Wallace​’s Europe: A Literary History, 1348-1418 contains 82 chapters by an enormous team of international contributors spanning what Wallace describes as nine ‘itineraries’: Paris to Béarn; Calais to London; St Andrews to Finistère; Basel to Danzig; Avignon to Naples; Palermo to Tunis; Cairo to Constantinople; Mount Athos to Muscovy; Venice to Prague....

Diary: Who was Chaucer?

Ardis Butterfield, 26 August 2015

To articulate what is past does not mean to recognise ‘how it really was’. It means to take control of a memory, as it flashes in a moment of danger.

Walter Benjamin, ‘On the Concept of History’ (1940)

I am finding it​ very hard to write a Chaucer biography. Commissioned an uncomfortably long time ago, I have delayed and fussed, despaired and dithered, and...

Chaucer’s Language

Helen Cooper, 7 October 2010

Some 25 years after Alsace had been returned to France at the end of the Second World War, I took an opportunity to work there for a few months, in the belief that it would improve my French. A...

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