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The New Middle Ages

Chaucerotics

Uncloaking the Language of Sex in The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde

Authors: Gust, Geoffrey W.

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  • Breaks new ground by utilizing both “pornographic literary theory” and historical foregrounding
  • Connects discussions of Chaucer’s erotics to larger questions about premodern pornography within medieval studies
  • Covers a wide swath of Chaucer’s work including topics such as brutal Chauceroticism in the Reeve’s Tale and the poetics of prostitution in the Shipman’s Tale
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About this book

Chaucerotics examines the erotic language in Chaucerian literature through a unique lens, utilizing the tools of “pornographic literary theory” to open up Chaucer’s ribald poetry to fresh modes of analysis. By introducing and applying the notion of “Chaucerotics,” this study argues for a more historically-nuanced and theoretically-sophisticated understanding of the obscene content in Chaucer’s fabliaux and Troilus and Criseyde. This book demonstrates that the sexually suggestive language of this magisterial Middle English poet could stimulate and titillate various literary audiences in late medieval England, and even goes so far as to suggest that Chaucer might well be understood as the “Father of English pornography” for playing a notable, liminal role in the development of porn as a literary genre. In making this case, Geoffrey W. Gust presents an insightful account of an important intellectual issue and opens up the subject of premodern pornography to consideration in a way that is new and highly provocative.  

About the authors

Geoffrey W. Gust is Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking at Stockton University, USA, where he coordinates writing across the curriculum and teaches a variety of humanities courses.  His research interests are trans-historical and cross-cultural, with particular emphasis on late medieval Europe, critical theory, and intellectual history.

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Chaucerotics is sure to inspire passionate debate, but it will be controversial precisely because Geoffrey Gust makes such a lucid case for the existence of a pornographic impulse in medieval literature, using Chaucer’s works as his test case. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of representations of sexuality.” (Robert S. Sturges, Professor of English, Arizona State University, USA and author of Chaucer’s Pardoner and Gender Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000) and The Circulation of Power in Medieval Biblical Drama, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 63,06 €
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Hardcover 77,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-89745-5
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Softcover 77,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chaucerotics
Book Subtitle
Uncloaking the Language of Sex in The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89746-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89746-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89745-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07845-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 332
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