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Earnest Exuberance in Chaucer's Poetics

Textual Games in the "Canterbury Tales"

By (author) Wolfgang E.H. Rudat
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Dec 1993
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773493816
ISBN-13: 9780773493810
Barcode No: 9780773493810
This study aims to provide a closer reading of Chaucer's text than has been previously attempted. The emphasis is on the palimpsestic nature of Chaucer's work, providing something largely missing in Chaucer scholarship, a concern with the intertextuality between different parts of the Tales. It argues for organic unity, and attempts to settle several questions such as: the extent of sentence (that is, morally-religiously redeeming elements) in the fabliaux of the Miller's and the Merchant's Tales; the question of the Pardoner's sexual nature; the question of anti-Semitism in the Prioress' Tale; and how Chaucer felt about the doctrines as well as the practices of the Church, especially with regard to gender issues. It also examines Chaucer's ironic use of gender-crossing and literary allusion.

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