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Chaucerian Aesthetics

Chaucerian Aesthetics

by P. Knapp
     
 
Chaucerian Aesthetics engages both aesthetic pleasure and understanding in The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde and places them in relation to modern approaches to mind and language.

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Chaucerian Aesthetics engages both aesthetic pleasure and understanding in The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde and places them in relation to modern approaches to mind and language.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Knapp s unique skill as a critic and a writer has always been to address both non-specialists and beginning students and at the same time make sophisticated technical arguments that move scholarship in the field forward. In her latest book, Knapp argues for an empowerment in the engagement with the aesthetic that inescapably dramatizes personal and political struggles, both historically and existentially.Narrative excitement, verbal beauty, and visual pleasure are neither allegories of entrapment nor timeless, universal ideals, but are both ends and means of transformation. Knapp demonstrates that medieval aesthetic effects are not static and unchanging, but are part of both poetic and social change." - John M. Ganim, Professor of English, University of California- Riverside; President of the New Chaucer Society; and author of Medievalism and Orientalism

"An original and highly engaging book. Knapp seeks to reintegrate aesthetic considerations into Chaucer criticism, through a defense and illustration of interpretation which takes pleasure in the beauty of the text. Skillfully interweaving medieval and modern theories of imagination and art, she succeeds admirably in positioning Chaucerian poetry within a valorizing regime of the aesthetic ." - Alastair Minnis, English Department, Yale University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230606685
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
The New Middle Ages Series
Edition description:
2008
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

Meet the Author

Peggy A. Knapp is a Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. She founded and edited the annual book series Assays: Critical Approaches to Medieval and Renaissance Texts. She is the author of The Style of John Wyclif’s English Sermons, Chaucer and the Social Contest, Time-Bound Words, and many articles on medieval and early modern authors, as well as contemporary writers, critics, and filmmakers.

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