Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender (2020)

Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender Alcuin Blamires Chaucer Ethics and Gender This book makes a vigorous reassessment of the moral dimension in Chaucer s writings For the Middle Ages the study of human behavior generally signified the study of the morality of attitudes choice
  • Title: Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender
  • Author: Alcuin Blamires
  • ISBN: 9780199248674
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender Alcuin Blamires This book makes a vigorous reassessment of the moral dimension in Chaucer s writings For the Middle Ages, the study of human behavior 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, mainlThis book makes a vigorous reassessment of the moral dimension in Chaucer s writings For the Middle Ages, the study of human behavior 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 The book will be absorbing for all serious readers or teachers of Chaucer because it is packed with commanding new insights It offers illuminating explanations concerning topics that have often eluded critics in the past the flood forecast in The Miller s Tale, for example or the status of emotion and equanimity in The Franklin s Tale the unethical sexual trading in the Shipman s Tale the contemporary moral force of a widow s curse in The Friar s Tale and the quizzical moral link between the Wife of Bath s Prologue and Tale There is even a new hypothesis about the conceptual design of The Canterbury Tales as a whole Deeply informed and historically alert, this is a book that engages its reader in the vital role played by ethical assumptions with their attendant gender assumptions in Chaucer s major poetry.
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