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The New Middle Ages

Ecofeminist Subjectivities

Chaucer’s Talking Birds

Authors: Kordecki, L.

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This book analyzes the interaction between gender and species in Chaucer's poetry and strives to understand his adaptation of medieval discourse through an ecofeminist lens. Works that either speak of animals, or those with animals speaking, give new insights into the medieval textual handling of the 'others' of society.

About the authors

LESLEY KORDECKI Professor of English atDePaul University, Chicago,USA.

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"For decades now Kordecki has been teaching us that Chaucer is also usefully understood as a, so to speak, poet-avian, a writer instructed by, and who, in turn, shares with his readers, the beauty and the habits and the lore of those creatures, from one perspective, freest of all Nature s creatures, birds, who soar above us, nest among us (and, yes, also besplatter our windshields), representing to us the very air of liberty as they also confront us, as they did Chaucer, with voices we hardly can merely ventriloquize - it is good now to have all of Kordecki's studies in one volume, that we can the better see how Chaucer developed his own voice in dialogue with Nature, the Mother of birds and humans alike." - R. Allen Shoaf, editor emeritus, EXEMPLARIA

"Ecofeminist Subjectivities addresses a need for work that combines close reading with comprehensive knowledge of new theoretical work in ecocriticism, feminism, and critical animal studies. The analysis is both innovative and powerfully synthetic. The thesis is closely argued, timely, and ethically significant. The book shifts our perspective on major Chaucerian texts and opens the way for further studies that explore medieval representations of species." - Carolynn Van Dyke, Francis A. March Professor of English, Lafayette College.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Avian Subjectivity, Genre, and Feminism

    Kordecki, Lesley

    Pages 1-23

  • A Bestiary Portrait of the Artist in the House of Fame

    Kordecki, Lesley

    Pages 25-51

  • Traveling: The Cuckoo and the Carnivalesque in the Parliament of Fowls

    Kordecki, Lesley

    Pages 53-76

  • The Squire’s Tale: Romancing Animal Magic

    Kordecki, Lesley

    Pages 77-101

  • Domesticating the Fable: The Other in the Nun’s Priest’s Tale

    Kordecki, Lesley

    Pages 103-120

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecofeminist Subjectivities
Book Subtitle
Chaucer’s Talking Birds
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Lesley Kordecki
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-33789-3
DOI
10.1057/9780230337893
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11527-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29665-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 215
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