'The Canterbury Tales, the Carnivalesque Tradition and the Wife of Bath'
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The present paper sets out with the premise that the carnivalesque tradition is important to the understanding of medieval culture. In this sense, the pilgrims in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales are representing as ones embodying the principle of grotesque realism. The time of the pilgrimage is a turning point in the course of nature (the spring season). The venue of their meeting - an inn - has a symbolic function as well, being at the same time a meeting place and a receptacle. The implications which all that has for the representation of two of the pilgrims - the Wife of Bath and the Pardoner (and of all the others, whose participation in an interdependent social structure is put under brief consideration) is what is of interest in this paper.
carnivalesque tradition, grotesque realism, pilgrim, representation, nature