Chaucerian Ecopoetics

Deconstructing Anthropocentrism in the Canterbury Tales

  • Shawn Normandin

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Shawn Normandin
    Pages 1-50
  3. Shawn Normandin
    Pages 51-84
  4. Shawn Normandin
    Pages 181-215
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 217-226

About this book


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.


Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales ecocriticism ecopoetics literature and the environment environmental humanities anthropocentrism literature and nature

Authors and affiliations

  • Shawn Normandin
    • 1
  1. 1.Sungkyunkwan UniversitySeoulKorea (Republic of)

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