Chaucer and the Child

  • Eve Salisbury

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Eve Salisbury
    Pages 1-34
  3. Eve Salisbury
    Pages 35-70
  4. Eve Salisbury
    Pages 71-107
  5. Eve Salisbury
    Pages 109-146
  6. Eve Salisbury
    Pages 225-236
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 237-279

About this book


This book addresses portrayals of children in a wide array of Chaucerian works. Situated within a larger discourse on childhood, Ages of Man theories, and debates about the status of the child in the late fourteenth century, Chaucer’s literary children—from infant to adolescent—offer a means by which to hear the voices of youth not prominently treated in social history. The readings in this study urge our attention to literary children, encouraging us to think more thoroughly about the Chaucerian collection from their perspectives. Eve Salisbury argues that the child is neither missing in the late Middle Ages nor in Chaucer’s work, but is,rather, fundamental to the institutions of the time and central to the poet’s concerns.


antiquity Britain Chaucer cultural theory culture history of literature literary theory literature Middle Ages

Authors and affiliations

  • Eve Salisbury
    • 1
  1. 1.EnglishWestern Michigan University KalamazooUSA

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