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Philosophical Chaucer: Love, Sex, and Agency in the Canterbury Tales (Mark Miller) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2005) 9780521842365
Philosophical Chaucer: Love, Sex, and Agency in the Canterbury Tales (Mark Miller) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2005) 9780521842365
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Title: Philosophical Chaucer: Love, Sex, and Agency in the Canterbury Tales

Author: Miller, Mark

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2005

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521842365

Volumes: 1; Pages: 302

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While most Chaucer critics interested in gender and sexuality have used psychoanalytic theory to analyze Chaucer's poetry, Mark Miller re-examines the links between sexuality and the philosophical analysis of agency in medieval texts such as the Canterbury Tales, Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, and the Romance of the Rose. Chaucer's philosophical sophistication provides the basis for a new interpretation of the emerging notions of sexual desire and romantic love in the late Middle Ages.ContentsIntroduction: Chaucer and the problem of normativity1. Naturalism and its discontents in the Miller's Tale2. Normative longing in the Knight's Tale3. Agency and dialectic in the Consolation of Philosophy4. Sadomasochism and utopia in the Roman de la Rose5. Suffering love in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale6. Love's promise: the Clerk's Tale and the scandal of the unconditionalBibliography
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