Chaucerian Theatricality - Princeton Legacy Library 3457 by John M. Ganim
While modern criticism has emphasized loneliness and a sense of permanence in Canterbury's tales, John Ganem alerts us to a controversial contrast: Chaoser's poet shares popular culture in the late…
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While modern criticism has emphasized loneliness and a sense of permanence in Canterbury's tales, John Ganem alerts us to a controversial contrast: Chaoser's poet shares popular culture in the late Middle Ages: his celebration of the epoch and his sense of performance. Ghanem uses the concept of the play to shed light on Schuesser's manipulations in popular culture and literary discourse.
Recent work on semiotics and social history calls into question Mikheil Bakhtin's idea of "carnivalism" and "dialogue", at the same time indicating the usefulness of Bakhtin in Choser's understanding. This book includes chapters on how Choser adopted the voice of these popular literary forms, such as records and paper gatherings, on his equivalence in making his image and drama, and on the treatment of Chucker and Boccaccio for issues related to popular understanding and illusions.
The book concludes with a description of how Chaucer blends "hype" with popular expression, while at the same time distancing himself from his richest cultural context. Originally published in 1990.
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