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Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender

Blamires, Alcuin. 2006. Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199248674 [Book]

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This book makes a vigorous reassessment of the moral dimension in Chaucer's writings. For the Middle Ages, the study of human behaviour generally signified the study of the morality of attitudes, choices, and actions. Moreover, moral analysis was not gender neutral: it presupposed that certain virtues and certain failings were largely gender-specific. Alcuin Blamires - mainly concentrating on The Canterbury Tales - discloses how Chaucer adapts the composite inherited traditions of moral literature to shape the significance and the gender implications of his narratives. Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender is therefore not a theorization of ethical reading but a discussion of Chaucer's engagement with the literature of practical ethical advice. Working with the commonplace primary sources of the period, Blamires demonstrates that Stoic ideals, somewhat uncomfortably absorbed within medieval Christian moral codes as Chaucer realized, penetrate the poet's constructions of how women and men behave in matters (for instance) of friendship and anger, sexuality and chastity, protest and sufferance, generosity and greed, credulity and foresight.

Item Type:

Book

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Date:

2006

Item ID:

1095

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2009 15:41

Last Modified:

23 Jun 2017 14:55

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/1095

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