Morgan, Gerald Books

Dr. Gerald Morgan is Senior Lecturer at the University of Dublin, Trinity College and was elected to a Fellowship of the College. He holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University. Dr. Morgan has written extensively on Chaucer, Langland, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Spenser’s Faerie Queene.

Tragic Argument of troilus and Criseyde
2005 0-7734-5934-0
This book is in itself an argument about the argument of the poem Troilus and Criseyde. Hence it makes no claim to provide a summary of the extensive critical work that has accumulated around Troilus and Criseyde (as around all great poems), but sets out to demonstrate that the argument of Chaucer’s poem is single, self-consistent, and coherent throughout from opening proem to concluding epilogue. There is no sudden reversal of meaning or palinode at the end for the outcome of the narrative requires none. Nor is there any ambiguity or unresolved dialectic in the presentation of the great questions of life and death in human loving. This is not to deny the many complexities and subtleties of the poem but rather to reject the argumentative contortions required on the part of readers by the acceptance of a factitious doctrine of courtly love. Such a doctrine is here abandoned and in its place is set an Aristotelian philosophy of love of a kind mediated by Dante in the Commedia (a major source for Chaucer’s poem). In consequence Troilus and Criseyde can once again be considered as Chaucer’s finished masterpiece in which profundity of thought is matched by clarity of form and eloquence of style.