Chaucer's Feminine Subjects: Figures of Desire in The Canterbury Tales [NOOK Book]

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This study shows how contemporary theory can serve to clarify structures of identity and economies of desire in medieval texts.  Bringing the resources of psychoanalytic and poststructuralist theory to bear on Chaucer's tales about women, this book addresses those registers of the Canterbury project that remain major concerns for recent feminist theory: the specificity of feminine desire, the cultural articulation of gender, the logic of sacrifice as a cultural ideal, the structure of misogyny and domestic ...

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Chaucer's Feminine Subjects: Figures of Desire in The Canterbury Tales

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Overview

This study shows how contemporary theory can serve to clarify structures of identity and economies of desire in medieval texts.  Bringing the resources of psychoanalytic and poststructuralist theory to bear on Chaucer's tales about women, this book addresses those registers of the Canterbury project that remain major concerns for recent feminist theory: the specificity of feminine desire, the cultural articulation of gender, the logic of sacrifice as a cultural ideal, the structure of misogyny and domestic violence.  This book maps out the ways in which Chaucer's rhetoric is not merely an element of style or an instrument of persuasion but the very matrix for the representation of de-centered subjectivity. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137208514
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 390 KB

Meet the Author

John A. Pitcher teaches medieval literature and music history at the University of the Fraser Valley, Canada, where he currently serves as Head of the Department of English.
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Table of Contents

The Martyr's Purpose: The Logic of Sacrifice in The Clerk's Tale * Chaucer's Wolf: Exemplary Violence in The Physician's Tale * The Rhetoric of Desire in The Franklin's Tale * Figures of Desire in The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale    
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