Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

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This book provides an overview of the various ways in which modern critical theory has impacted on Chaucer studies over the last 15 years. It shows how the Canterbury Tales have been radically "opened up" by feminist, Lacanian, Bakhtimian, deconstructive, semiotic, and anthropological theory, to name a few. The introduction to the volume examines in some detail the relation between the individual strengths of each of these approaches and the ways in which a "postmodernist" ...
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Overview

This book provides an overview of the various ways in which modern critical theory has impacted on Chaucer studies over the last 15 years. It shows how the Canterbury Tales have been radically "opened up" by feminist, Lacanian, Bakhtimian, deconstructive, semiotic, and anthropological theory, to name a few. The introduction to the volume examines in some detail the relation between the individual strengths of each of these approaches and the ways in which a "postmodernist" Chaucer is seen as reflecting them all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582248809
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Series: Longman Critical Readers Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.87 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

General Editors' Preface
Publisher's Acknowledgements
Editor's Acknowledgements
Editions and Abbreviations Used in the Text
1 Introduction 1
2 Structure as Deconstruction: 'Chaucer and Estates Satire' in the General Prologue, or Reading Chaucer as a Prologue to the History of Disenchantment 23
3 The Politics of Discourse in Chaucer's Knight's Tale 42
4 Robyn the Miller's Thrifty Work 62
5 The Law of Man and Its 'Abhomynacions' 78
6 'Vanysshed Was This Daunce, He Nyste Where': Alisoun's Absence in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale 100
7 The Powers of Silence: The Case of the Clerk's Griselda 121
8 Umberto Eco, Semiotics, and the Merchant's Tale 140
9 Metafictional Strategies and the Theme of Sexual Power in the Wife of Bath's and Franklin's Tales 147
10 The Subject of Confession: The Pardoner and the Rhetoric of Penance 169
11 Aspects of Female Piety in the Prioress's Tale 189
12 Signs and/as Origin: Chaucer's Nun's Priest's Tale 209
13 From: A Mixed Commonwealth of Style 225
Notes on Authors 234
Further Reading 236
Index 239
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