Rethinking Chaucerian Beasts

Rethinking Chaucerian Beasts

by Carolynn Van Dyke
     
 
Building on recent work in critical animal studies and posthumanism, this book challenges past assumptions that animals were only explored as illustrative of humanity, not as interesting in their own right. The contributors combine close reading of Chaucer's texts with insights drawn from cultural or critical animal studies.

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Building on recent work in critical animal studies and posthumanism, this book challenges past assumptions that animals were only explored as illustrative of humanity, not as interesting in their own right. The contributors combine close reading of Chaucer's texts with insights drawn from cultural or critical animal studies.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Re-thinking Chaucerian Beasts, a timely collection of sixteen essays addressing the meanings of animals and animality in Chaucer’s poetry … . should be considered essential reading not only for all Chaucerians but for any scholar wishing to remain in sync with critical theorizings of medieval texts undertaken under the enabling aegis of the ‘animal turn.’” (Peter
W. Travis, Speculum, Vol. 91 (1), January, 2016)

"This book of sixteen short essays offers Chaucerians an array of perspectives, some theoretically adept, others easing readers gently into critical animal studies." - The Medieval Review

"Dyke has assembled a timely collection, since critical animal studies have risen recently in status and visibility . . . this volume will likely be of some interest to researchers working on medieval attitudes toward the animal, and the brevity of the essays may make them suitable for the undergraduate classroom as well . . . Recommended." - Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230338586
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Series:
The New Middle Ages Series
Edition description:
2012
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Carolynn Van Dyke is Francis A. March Professor of English at Lafayette College. She is the author of The Fiction of Truth: Structures of Meaning in Narrative and Dramatic Allegory and Chaucer's Agents: Cause and Representation in Chaucerian Narrative. Her essays have appeared in the Chaucer Review, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, American Speech, and Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery.

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