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Zadie Smith: how the Wife of Willesden brings to life Chaucer's tale of sex and power

By Natalie Hanna, Lecturer in English, University of Liverpool
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It could be easy to assume that The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories written in Middle English at the end of the 14th century, would not hold much relevance to contemporary debates about sexuality and empowerment.

But as Zadie Smith shows in her new adaption and her first play, this definitely isn’t the case. The Wife of Willesden, is a high-spirited take on Chaucer’s “Wife of Bath”,…The Conversation


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