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Burger argues that, under the pressure of producing a poetic vision for a new vernacular English audience in the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer reimagines late medieval relations between the body and the community. In close readings that are at once original, provocative, and convincing, Chaucer's Queer Nation helps readers to see the author and audience constructed with and by the Tales as subjects-in-process caught up in a conflicted moment of "becoming." In turn, this historicization unsettles present-day assumptions about identity with the realization that social organizations of the body can be done differently.
Glenn Burger is associate professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
|2||Medieval Conjugality and the Canterbury Tales||37|
|3||Modernity and Marriage in the Canterbury Tales||78|
|4||Queer Performativity in Fragment VI||119|
|6||Post-ality and the "End" of the Canterbury Tales||186|