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Chaucerian Ecopoetics


Chaucerian Ecopoetics

Deconstructing Anthropocentrism in the Canterbury Tales
The New Middle Ages

von: Shawn Normandin

71,39 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 12.06.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9783319904573
Sprache: englisch

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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.
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

     
Shawn Normandin is Associate Professor of English at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea. 
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.
Applies ecocriticism to one of the most canonical medieval British poets Examines the Canterbury Tales and Chaucer’s rhetoric in novel ways Highlights twenty-first century discussions within the environmental humanities of the Anthropocene 
Applies ecocriticism to one of the most canonical medieval British poets Examines the Canterbury Tales and Chaucer’s rhetoric in novel ways Highlights twenty-first century discussions within the environmental humanities of the Anthropocene 
“Because of its novel and ambitious argument and strategies for interpretation, Chaucerian Ecopoetics has wonderfully provocative and original insights throughout.” (Lesley Kordecki, Professor of English, DePaul University, USA)“Chaucerian Ecopoetics is a smart, lively, unsentimental, and accessible exposition of why environmentality matters to our understanding of the late Middle Ages. Through intensely ecocritical close readings of various Canterbury Tales, Shawn Normandin demonstrates how Chaucer explores via narrative shifts in point of view the entangled intimacy of the human and the nonhuman. This engaging book will interest medievalists and environmental humanists alike.” (Jeffrey J. Cohen, Dean of Humanities, Arizona State University, USA)

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