Treat yourself to the best of 2017—our top print & eBooks are just 14.99! Shop now >>

The New Middle Ages

Chaucer and the Child

Authors: Salisbury, Eve

  • Highlights the importance of childhood and children within Chaucer’s works
    Combines both history and theory to offer a comprehensive approach to a generally unacknowledged but pervasive theme in Chaucer’s works
    Connects to larger discussions about childhood within the late fourteenth century

Buy this book

eBook £56.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-43637-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-43636-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

This book addresses portrayals of children in a wide array of Chaucerian works. Situated within a larger discourse on childhood, Ages of Man theories, and debates about the status of the child in the late fourteenth century, Chaucer’s literary children—from infant to adolescent—offer a means by which to hear the voices of youth not prominently treated in social history. The readings in this study urge our attention to literary children, encouraging us to think more thoroughly about the Chaucerian collection from their perspectives. Eve Salisbury argues that the child is neither missing in the late Middle Ages nor in Chaucer’s work, but is,rather, fundamental to the institutions of the time and central to the poet’s concerns.

About the authors

Eve Salisbury is Professor of English at Western Michigan University, USA. She has edited four volumes for the Middle English Texts Series and authored numerous essays on topics ranging from medieval marriage to institutionally sanctioned violence. She is the consulting editor for Comparative Drama, co-founder of Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, and co-director of the Gower Project.

Reviews

“I tremendously enjoyed reading Salisbury’s Chaucer and the Child. It offers so many fresh insights into the poet and his culture that it was as if I were becoming reacquainted with one of my closest friends. Chaucer and the Child brings children from the shadows of obscurity to address social concerns at the heart of Chaucer’s vision. Salisbury is brilliant in her discussion of major figures and how they mirror the parent/child kinship of their progenitors. From issues of paternity and husbanding or wiving and mothering, to parenting and education, Salisbury takes us through the stages of life, from birthing to senility; some folk never do succeed in growing up.” (Russell A. Peck, University of Rochester, New York USA)

“In this sharp, innovative, and assiduously researched book, Eve Salisbury persuasively argues for the importance of childhood and adolescence in the Middle Ages. Children are, in fact, everywhere in the Chaucerian canon, and this thorough study shows us just how actively the child animates Chaucer’s inventive explorations of politics, religion, kinship, science, and selfhood. This book will generate new ways of understanding Chaucer, the late Middle Ages, and literary history.” (Jamie Taylor , Associate Professor, English Department, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Salisbury, Eve

    Pages 1-34

  • Child Chaucer and the Play of Imagination

    Salisbury, Eve

    Pages 35-70

  • Infantasy and the Silent Child

    Salisbury, Eve

    Pages 71-107

  • Pueritia: Boys and Girls

    Salisbury, Eve

    Pages 109-146

  • Adolescentia: “For Youthe and Elde is Often at Debaat”

    Salisbury, Eve

    Pages 147-185

Buy this book

eBook £56.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-43637-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-43636-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chaucer and the Child
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43637-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-43637-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-43636-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 279
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 illustrations in colour
Topics