Chaucer’s Pardoner and Gender Theory

Bodies of Discourse

  • Authors
  • Robert S. Sturges

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Robert S. Sturges
      Pages 1-18
  3. Contexts: The Pardoner’s Genders, Sexes, Erotic Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Robert S. Sturges
      Pages 21-33
    3. Robert S. Sturges
      Pages 35-46
    4. Robert S. Sturges
      Pages 47-59
  4. Readings: Bodies, Voices, Texts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Robert S. Sturges
      Pages 63-80
    3. Robert S. Sturges
      Pages 81-105
    4. Robert S. Sturges
      Pages 107-139
    5. Robert S. Sturges
      Pages 141-168
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 169-232

About this book


Chaucer s Pardoner and Gender Theory, the first book-length treatment of the character, examines the Pardoner in Chaucer s Canterbury Tales from the perspective of both medieval and twentieth-century theories of sex, gender, and erotic practice. Sturges argues for a discontinuous, fragmentary reading of this character and his tale that is genuinely both premodern and postmodern. Drawing on theorists ranging from St. Augustine and Alain de Lille to Judith Butler and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Sturges approaches the Pardoner as a representative of the construction of historical - and sexual - identities in a variety of historically specific discourses, and argues that medieval understandings of gender remain sedimented in postmodern discourse.


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