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Chaucer's Open Books: Resistance to Closure in Medieval Discourse

by Rosemarie Potz McGerr

Publisher: University Press of Florida
Pages: 224
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780813015729






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Overview of Chaucer's Open Books: Resistance to Closure in Medieval Discourse

Rosemarie McGerr examines the open-endedness of Chaucer's narrative poems in relation to modern and postmodern theory and to medieval traditions. She discusses links between Chaucer's poems and modern definitions of "open form" and then addresses medieval conventions of closure and pre-Chaucerian poems that subverted those conventions. Against this critical backdrop, she offers readings of Chaucer's narrative poems focusing on how they manipulate medieval conventions of closure and openness, highlight ambiguity in interpretation of texts, and raise questions about the relationship of gender and reading.

Synopsis of Chaucer's Open Books: Resistance to Closure in Medieval Discourse

Rosemarie McGerr examines the open-endedness of Chaucer's narrative poems in relation to modern and postmodern theory and to medieval traditions. She discusses links between Chaucer's poems and modern definitions of "open form" and then addresses medieval conventions of closure and pre-Chaucerian poems that subverted those conventions. Against this critical backdrop, she offers readings of Chaucer's narrative poems focusing on how they manipulate medieval conventions of closure and openness, highlight ambiguity in interpretation of texts, and raise questions about the relationship of gender and reading.

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Discusses inconclusiveness in Chaucer's poetry both in context of other medeival literary texts and critical commentaries, and in relation to modern and postmodern literary theory regarding closure. McGerr (comparative literature, Indiana U.) finds a more ambivalent attitude toward closure in medieval literature at large than has been commonly perceived, and demonstrates how Chaucer both worked within and went beyond this tradition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Discusses inconclusiveness in Chaucer's poetry both in context of other medeival literary texts and critical commentaries, and in relation to modern and postmodern literary theory regarding closure. McGerr (comparative literature, Indiana U.) finds a more ambivalent attitude toward closure in medieval literature at large than has been commonly perceived, and demonstrates how Chaucer both worked within and went beyond this tradition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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