Conflicts of Interest : Friendship and Love in Medieval and Renaissance English Literature

Robert Eugene Stretter
This dissertation explores the conflict for priority between two ideals of human affection - virtuous male friendship and passionate heterosexual love - as a means of better understanding two versions of a single archetypical story of male rivalry: Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale, and William Shakespeare and John Fletcher’s The Two Noble Kinsmen. Chaucer and his successors treat the conflict between love and friendship in very different ways. In The Knight’s Tale, Chaucer’s primary concern...
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