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    but she could never have been invented....(Geoffrey Chaucer)

    There are no arch-feminists in literature before Chaucerís Wife of Bath, but she could never have been invented even by a Chaucer, unless she had had recognizable forebears, with independent minds and incomes, in Bath and elsewhere before Chaucerís time.

    Source:The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Middle Ages (To 1485)

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    Does "She" refer to the Chaucer's work Wife of Bath? If yes then why? I mean "Wife of Bath" is a tale not a person, then why "she" refers to a tale?

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    Re: but she could never have been invented....(Geoffrey Chaucer)

    The Wife of Bath is a character who tells a tale and the work is The Wife of Bath's Tale, so I think the text is correct- she is the character. She also begins with a lengthy Prologue before she starts on the tale, where we learn a lot about her as a person.

    SparkNotes: The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath?s Tale
    Last edited by 5jj; 30-Aug-2013 at 15:49.

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    Re: but she could never have been invented....(Geoffrey Chaucer)

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    There are no arch-feminists in literature before Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, but she could never have been invented even by a Chaucer, unless she had had recognizable forebears, with independent minds and incomes, in Bath and elsewhere before Chaucer’s time.

    Source:The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Middle Ages (To 1485)

    Hello teachers,

    Does "She" refer to the Chaucer's work Wife of Bath? If yes then why? I mean "Wife of Bath" is a tale not a person, then why "she" refers to a tale?

    Thank you.
    This is the reason that story titles are italised or underlined. "Chaucer’s Wife of Bath" refers to the character; "Chaucer’s Wife of Bath" refers to his story.

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