Chaucer's Sexual Poetics / Edition 1

Chaucer's Sexual Poetics / Edition 1

by Carolyn Dinshaw
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0299122743

ISBN-13: 9780299122744

Pub. Date: 02/28/1990

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Through an analysis of the poems Chaucers wordes Unto Adam, His Owne Scriveyn, Troilus and Criseyde, the Legend of Good Women, the Man of Law’s Tale, the Wife of Bath’s Tale and its Prologue, the Clerk’s Tale, and the Pardoner’s Tale, Carolyn Dinshaw offers a provocative argument on medieval sexual constructs and Chaucer’s role in

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Through an analysis of the poems Chaucers wordes Unto Adam, His Owne Scriveyn, Troilus and Criseyde, the Legend of Good Women, the Man of Law’s Tale, the Wife of Bath’s Tale and its Prologue, the Clerk’s Tale, and the Pardoner’s Tale, Carolyn Dinshaw offers a provocative argument on medieval sexual constructs and Chaucer’s role in shaping them. Operating under the assumption that people read and write certain ways based upon society’s demands, Dinshaw examines gender identity and the effects of a patriarchal society. The focal point of Dinshaw’s argument is the idea that the literary text can be seen as the female body while any literary activities upon the text are decidedly male. Through a series of six provocative essays, Dinshaw argues that Chaucer was not only aware that gender is a social construction, but that he self-consciously worked to oppose the dominance of masculinity that a patriarchal society places on texts by creating works in which gender identity and hierarchy were more fluid.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299122744
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
02/28/1990
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
INTRODUCTION Chaucer's Sexual Poetics 3(25)
CHAPTER ONE Reading Like a Man: The Critics, the Narrator, Troilus, and Pandarus
28(37)
CHAPTER TWO "The naked text in English to declare": The Legend of Good Women
65(23)
CHAPTER THREE The Law of Man and Its "Abhomynacions"
88(25)
CHAPTER FOUR "Glose/bele chose": The Wife of Bath and Her Glossators
113(19)
CHAPTER FIVE Griselda Translated
132(24)
CHAPTER SIX Eunuch Hermeneutics
156(31)
Abbreviations 187(2)
Notes 189(90)
Bibliography 279(25)
Index 304

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