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The Mythographic Chaucer : Fabulation of Sexual Politics - Jane Chance

The Mythographic Chaucer

Fabulation of Sexual Politics

Paperback Published: 1st December 1994
ISBN: 9780816622771
Number Of Pages: 416

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The concealment of embarrassing, often sexual, secrets and the burden of political alliances and strategies - in short, sexual politics - motivated Chaucer in much of his work. This concept, long suspected but mostly ignored by Chaucer critics, receives full treatment in "The mythographic Chaucer". Firmly placing Chaucer in the cultural politics of his time, this study shows how the author inverted the mythographic and textual conventions of the period for his own literary, social, and political purposes. Comparing significant mythological images, references, and figures in Chaucerian poems with those of other medieval mythographers, Chance discloses Chaucer's ironic use of mythographic tradition to disguise the scandalous and politically sensitive. Here we see, for instance, how Chaucer deployed the medieval model of poetic concealment to construct the fabulation (the narratio fabulosa, itself a medieval techne) of sexual politics. This analysis gives us a rich sense of the complexity of Chaucer's mythographic options and his playful employment of contextual material as he rewrote, and tried to resolve, tensions among vernacular, classical, and Christian (sometimes Hebraic) scriptural and textual traditions. Invaluable to an understanding of Chaucer, this book is also instructive in showing how mythographic analysis can combine "traditional" literary elucidation with the issues of contemporary cultural theory.

Abbreviations
A Chronology of Major Medieval Mythographers
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: "Fables and Swich Wrecchednesse"p. 1
Mythography and Female Authority in the Dream Visions
"A wonder thing": The Descensus ad Inferos of the Female Heroes Alcyone and Alcestep. 19
"Geffrey" as Dido, Ganymede, "Marcia": Mythographic and Gender Parody in the Hous of Famep. 45
Venus Contextualized: The Mythographic Authority of the Body in The Parlement of Foulesp. 83
Mythographic Cross-Gendering in the Troilus
The Narrator as Mythographic Glossator: The Rape of Criseydep. 107
Subversive Mythography: The Speaker as Feminized Subject in the Canterbury Tales
Zephirus, Rape, and Saint Thomas a Becket: The Political Vernacularp. 171
Feminizing Theseus in the Knight's Tale: The Victory of Pallas Athena over Marsp. 184
Maister Alisoun's Feminist Self-Mythographyp. 214
The Merchant's De Nuptiis Maii et Januariip. 232
The Franklin's Derke Fantasye: Squire Aurelius as Ekko, Lady Dorigen as Narcissus's Imagep. 249
Conclusion: The Artist Pygmalion, the Subject Chaucer, and Self-Seductionp. 263
Notesp. 283
Indexp. 353
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780816622771
ISBN-10: 0816622779
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st December 1994
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Type: New edition

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