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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature : Philosophical Chaucer: Love, Sex, and Agency in the Canterbury Tales Series Number 55 - Mark Miller

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

Philosophical Chaucer: Love, Sex, and Agency in the Canterbury Tales Series Number 55


Published: 21st February 2005
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While most Chaucer critics interested in gender and sexuality have used psychoanalytic theory to analyze Chaucer's poetry, Mark Miller re-examines the links between sexuality and the philosophical analysis of agency in medieval texts such as the Canterbury Tales, Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, and the Romance of the Rose. Chaucer's philosophical sophistication provides the basis for a new interpretation of the emerging notions of sexual desire and romantic love in the late Middle Ages.

"...Philosophical Chaucer is a challenging and worthwhile book. Miller achieves a novel engagement with the philosophical content of Chaucer's later work, and he demonstrates the rich rewards of thinking through the 'moral seriousness' of that corpus anew." -Thomas Joseph O'Donnell, UCLA "Miller is well qualified to place into dialogue philosophical and theoretical approaches that usually remain sheltered from one another in current literary scholarship. On the one hand, he is well-informed about the best theoretically inflected medieval scholarship, especially queer theory and psychoanalysis; on the other hand, he is equally conversant with the work of contemporary analytical philosophers...It is Miller's refreshing engagement with usually hostile intellectual traditions and his lack of dogmatism that make his book so rewarding...The book is likely to exert a powerful influence on future work." R. James Goldstein, Auburn University, Southern Humanities Review

Introduction: Chaucer and the problem of normativity
Naturalism and its discontents in the Miller's Tale
Normative longing in the Knight's Tale
Agency and dialectic in the Consolation of Philosophy
Sadomasochism and utopia in the Roman de la Rose
Suffering love in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
Love's promise: the Clerk's Tale and the scandal of the unconditional
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ISBN: 9780521842365
ISBN-10: 0521842360
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 21st February 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.61