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The New Middle Ages

Rethinking Chaucerian Beasts

Editors: Van Dyke, Carolynn (Ed.)

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Building on recent work in critical animal studies and posthumanism, this book challenges past assumptions that animals were only explored as illustrative of humanity, not as interesting in their own right. The contributors combine close reading of Chaucer's texts with insights drawn from cultural or critical animal studies.

About the authors

Carolynn Van Dyke is Francis A. March Professor of English at Lafayette College.

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“Re-thinking Chaucerian Beasts, a timely collection of sixteen essays addressing the meanings of animals and animality in Chaucer’s poetry … . should be considered essential reading not only for all Chaucerians but for any scholar wishing to remain in sync with critical theorizings of medieval texts undertaken under the enabling aegis of the ‘animal turn.’” (Peter W. Travis, Speculum, Vol. 91 (1), January, 2016)

"This book of sixteen short essays offers Chaucerians an array of perspectives, some theoretically adept, others easing readers gently into critical animal studies." - The Medieval Review

"Dyke has assembled a timely collection, since critical animal studies have risen recently in status and visibility . . . this volume will likely be of some interest to researchers working on medieval attitudes toward the animal, and the brevity of the essays may make them suitable for the undergraduate classroom as well . . . Recommended." - Choice


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction: In Hir Corages: Chaucer and the Animal Real

    Dyke, Carolynn

    Pages 1-10

  • Among All Beasts: Affective Naturalism in Late Medieval England

    Fradenburg, Aranye

    Pages 13-31

  • Feathering the Text

    Freeman, Carol

    Pages 33-47

  • Shrews, Rats, and a Polecat in “The Pardoner’s Tale”

    Feinstein, Sandy (et al.)

    Pages 49-66

  • Chaucer’s Chicks: Feminism and Falconry in “The Knight’s Tale,” “The Squire’s Tale,” and The Parliament of Fowls

    Gutmann, Sara

    Pages 69-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rethinking Chaucerian Beasts
Editors
  • Carolynn Van Dyke
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-04073-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137040732
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-33858-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34161-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 286
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