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The New Middle Ages

Chaucer and the Death of the Political Animal

Authors: Workman, Jameson S.

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Drawing from classical myth, the history of philosophy, literature, film, music, and painting, Workman connects the artistic claims of Chaucer and tests them against similar gestures in the history of philosophy and literature. What results is a radical retake on Chaucer as a philosopher and poet, upending any preconceived views.

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Jameson S. Workman is an Independent Scholar based in the USA.

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“Chaucer and the Death of the Political Animal will be of interest to those who are employed in comparative approaches to literature as well as to scholars interested in Chaucer’s poetics and its relation to philosophical practice. It will also be a valuable book for those who wish to entertain new and imaginative ways of reading canonical poetry from the edge of scholarly tradition.” (Liam Lewis, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Vol. 38, 2016) 


"Maintaining a radical, unconventional, and ambitious thesis, to say the least, Workman makes his case so fully, and with such learning and conviction, that even his most resistant readers will find themselves forced to interrogate the comfort zone of their own critical habits of mind. Whether or not Workman succeeds entirely in elevating Chaucer's poetics into the neo-Platonic sublime remains an open question. But what is certain is this: Written with boldness and panache, this wonderfully readable study articulates an interpretative position that is unique among contemporary studies - not only of Chaucer, but of medieval literature generally." (Peter W. Travis, Professor of English, Dartmouth College, USA)

"This exhilarating study shows us Chaucer thinking the deepest of thoughts about the metaphysics of Art, but doing so with an entirely characteristic blend of high seriousness and low humour. Workman's approach offers a restless bricolage of analysis and analogy, illustration, and illumination, to reveal the essentially metapoetic and metaphysical basis of Chaucerian narrative. Workman's Chaucer is both Ancient and Modern, effortlessly classicising and radically posthumanist, spinning an elegant gossamer of Poetic theory from the fabric of his own narrative practice." (Vincent Gillespie, J. R. R. Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language, University of Oxford, UK)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chaucer and the Death of the Political Animal
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-44864-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137448644
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45651-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 274
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