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Title Chaucer and the subversion of form / edited by Thomas A. Prendergast, Jessica Rosenfeld
Published Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018
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Series Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 104
Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 104
Contents Cover; Half-title; Series information; Title page; Copyright information; Table of contents; List of contributors; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Formalism and Medieval Literature; New Formalisms in Medieval Literary Studies; The Subversions of Form; Notes; Part I The Failures of Form; Chapter 1 "many a lay and many a thing": Chaucer's Technical Terms; Notes; Chapter 2 Chaucer's Aesthetic Resources: Nature, Longing, and Economies of Form; Roundness: Boethian Sense-Perception and the Apprehension of Form; Purposiveness: Kant, Free Natural Beauty, and the Formal Object
"Ful notable fourme": Textual, Mechanical, and Cosmological Wholes"In manere of a nett": The Cosmic Network; "Ones for evere" and "Evermo": Reliable Knowledge, Eternal Rhythms; "All the world": Nonhierarchical Binaries, or The Equinox Effect; Notes; Chapter 6 The Heaviness of Prosopopoeial Form in Chaucer's Book of the Duchess; Notes; Part III The Forms of Reception; Chapter 7 Reading Badly: What the Physician's Tale Isn't Telling Us; Notes; Chapter 8 Birdsong, Love, and the House of Lancaster Gower Reforms Chaucer: Gower Reforms Chaucer; Notes
Chapter 9 Opening The Canterbury Tales: Form and Formalism in the General PrologueNotes; Bibliography; Index
Insufficiencies: "The Former Age" and "Fortune" in Cambridge University Library, MS Ii.3.21Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 3 Against Order: Medieval, Modern, and Contemporary Critiques of Causality; The House of Fame; To the Lighthouse; My Life; Notes; Part II The Corporeality of Form; Chapter 4 Diverging Forms: Disability and the Monk's Tales; Renouncing Form; Form and Genre of "Tragedie"; Asserting Norms; Breaking Form; Formal Prosthesis; Disability Futures; Notes; Chapter 5 Figures for "Gretter Knowing": Forms in the Treatise on the Astrolabe
Summary Responding to the lively resurgence of literary formalism, this volume delivers a timely and fresh exploration of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Advancing 'new formalist' approaches, medieval scholars have begun to ask what happens when structure fails to yield meaning, probing the very limits of poetic organization. While Chaucer is acknowledged as a master of form, his work also foregrounds troubling questions about formal agency: the disparate forces of narrative and poetic practice, readerly reception, intertextuality, genre, scribal attention, patronage, and historical change. This definitive collection of essays offers diverse perspectives on Chaucer and a varied analysis of these problems, asking what happens when form is resisted by author or reader, when it fails by accident or by design, and how it can be misleading, errant, or even dangerous
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF file page (EBSCO, viewed June 29, 2018)
Subject Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 -- Criticism, Textual.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 -- Technique.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Prendergast, Thomas A. (Thomas Augustine), editor
Rosenfeld, Jessica, 1976- editor
ISBN 1108147682 (electronic bk.)
1108148905 (electronic bk.)
9781108147682 (electronic bk.)
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