Reading the Miller's Tale

Valerie Edden


Modern narrative theory has provided new ways of analysing
stories and a new critical vocabulary for discussing narratives. Some such theories emphasise the way in which the reader is involved in the act of reading a narrative, bringing skills and assumptions to the text which enable him to interpret the words which make up the story. Traditionally we have tended to confine literary analysis to the words
on the page; narratologists and structuralists invite us to examine also what the reader brings to the text. Such an analysis not only interprets the texts under discussion but also helsps to lay bare the assumptions of the reader. This paper will provide an analysis of Chaucer's Miller's
Tale using a heory of narrative analogous with transformation! grammar.


English Language; English


Copyright (c) 1991 Valerie Edden

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