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The New Middle Ages

Chaucer's Jobs

Authors: Carlson, D.

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Geoffrey Chaucer was not a writer, primarily, but a privileged official place-holder. Prone to violence, including rape, assault, and extortion, the poet was employed first at domestic personal service and subsequently at police-work of various sorts, protecting the established order during a period of massive social upset. Chaucer's Jobs shows that the servile and disciplinary nature of the daily work Chaucer did was repeated in his poetry, which by turns flatters his aristocratic betters and deals out discipline to malcontent others. Carlson contends that it was this social-political quality of Chaucer's writings, not artistic merit, that made him the 'Father of English Poetry'.

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DAVID R. CARLSON is Professor of English and Adjunct Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is the author of English Humanist Books: Writers and Patrons, Manuscript and Print, 1475-1525 and has published various monographs and papers on topics in early English and European literary history.

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"In this imaginative book, David Carlson invites us to read Chaucer's poetry through his professional careers. As servant to the aristocracy, official for the court, Member of Parliament, Clerk of the King's Works, tax-gatherer, justice of the peace, and so on, Chaucer was, in Carlson's words, everything from a 'lackey' to an 'official of the repressive apparatus of the state.' Chaucer's poetry, Carlson argues, did the same kind of work as the poet did throughout his life: it flattered patrons and disciplined political unrest. Chaucer's Jobs reveals how Chaucer became the 'father' of English poetry, not so much because he was a great poet, but because his poetry served to affirm the dominant social interests of his age. Carlson has written a book that will provoke us to see a social Chaucer in new and productive ways, and it will also provoke debates about the poet's place in both his historical period and our modern classrooms." - Seth Lerer, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Stanford University


Table of contents (3 chapters)

Table of contents (3 chapters)
  • Work

    Pages 1-31

    Carlson, David R.

  • Writing

    Pages 33-64

    Carlson, David R.

  • Reception

    Pages 65-99

    Carlson, David R.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chaucer's Jobs
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-03914-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-03914-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6625-4
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-60243-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 168
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