Chaucerian Ecopoetics (inbunden)
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1st ed. 2018
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Chaucerian Ecopoetics

Deconstructing Anthropocentrism in the Canterbury Tales

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Chaucerian Ecopoetics performs ecocritical close readings of Geoffrey Chaucer's poetry. Shawn Normandin explains how Chaucer's language demystifies the aesthetic charm of his narratives and calls into question the anthropocentrism they often depict. This text combines ecocriticism with reading techniques associated with deconstruction, to provide innovative interpretations of the General Prologue, the Knight's Tale, the Miller's Tale, the Reeve's Tale, the Franklin's Tale, the Physician's Tale, and the Monk's Tale. In stressing the importance of rhetorical nuance and literary form, Chaucerian Ecopoetics enables readers to better understand the ideological prehistory of today's environmental crisis.
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"This volume offers much for the Chaucerian critic committed to or simply intrigued by ecocritical approaches to literature. Normandin makes ... appreciated tales vital to our understanding not just of Chaucer's time period, but our own." (Susan Morrison, The Medieval Review,, June 28, 2019)

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Shawn Normandin is Associate Professor of English at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea.


CONTENTS Introduction: Chaucer and Ecopoetics 1.1 Anthropocentrism, Anthropotropism, Inscription 1.2 Ecopoetics and Ecoaesthetics 1.3 The Ecopoetics of the General Prologue Ecophobia and the Knight's Tale 2.1 Dark Imagining: Ekphrasis and Allegory 2.2 Getting Green: Wordplay in the Knight's Tale Nocturnal Ecologies: Metaphor in the Miller's and the Reeve's Tale 3.1 Metaphor in the Miller's Tale 3.2 Metaphor in the Reeve's Tale 4. Iterability, Anthropocentrism, and the Franklin's Tale 4.1 Iterability and Rejection 4.2 Improper Literalisms 4.3 Avenging the Rocks 5. The Unnatural Personifications of the Physician's Tale 5.1 Allegorizing Virgin Nature 5.2 Allegory versus History 5.3 Inhuman Poetics 6. Ruminating on and in the Monk's Tale 6.1 Reasons for Not Reading the Monk's Tale 6.2 Reading like a Monk 6.3 Rereading the Monk's Tale Index