Return to Book Page. Bringing the concerns of queer theory and postcolonial studies to bear on Chaucer s Canterbury Tales, this ambitious book compels a rethinking not only of this most canonical of works, but also of questions of sexuality and gender in pre- and postmodern contexts, of issues of modernity and nation in historiography, and even of the enterprise of historiography itself. Glenn Bringing the concerns of queer theory and postcolonial studies to bear on Chaucer s Canterbury Tales, this ambitious book compels a rethinking not only of this most canonical of works, but also of questions of sexuality and gender in pre- and postmodern contexts, of issues of modernity and nation in historiography, and even of the enterprise of historiography itself.
Glenn Burger shows us Chaucer uneasily situated between the medieval and the modern, his work representing new forms of sexual and communal identity but also enacting the anxieties provoked by such departures from the past. Burger argues that, under the pressure of producing a poetic vision for a new vernacular English audience in the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer reimagines late medieval relations between the body and the community.
In close readings that are at once original, provocative, and convincing, Chaucer's Queer Nation helps readers to see the author and audience constructed with and by the Tales as subjects-in-process caught up in a conflicted moment of "becoming. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Medieval Cultures Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 15, Karl Steel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Chaucerians. Shelves: medieval. Since I expected it to make some kind of connection with Queer Nation, the title could be more descriptive but contents do show the distinction between a merely 'gay' reading and a queer reading, that is, the recuperative model versus the discover of the contingency and construction of the normal.
It's mostly about marriage as a privileged site for the 'gentil' imaginary in late 14th c. England, especially Southern England. It's to be praised for its care in reading the communal self-conceptio Since I expected it to make some kind of connection with Queer Nation, the title could be more descriptive but contents do show the distinction between a merely 'gay' reading and a queer reading, that is, the recuperative model versus the discover of the contingency and construction of the normal.
That's great, and, for what it's worth, I don't think I've seen that done before. BUT, at times it sets up the target of a medieval past notably with his dismissal of the Knight's Tale that is as stolid as any 'traditional' scholarship.
It would have been better to emphasize more about how the CT pasts the past which is, after all, just as confused and contingent a place as any moment , rather than just to assume that the CT was jettisoning something holding it back from its fresh! Moreover, the book's strata are jarring: large chunks come from articles published as early as , mostly clustered in late 90s, so some portions full of Deleuze and Guattari, and some portions have none at all.
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