Chaucerian Aesthetics

  • Authors
  • Peggy A. Knapp

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Peggy A. Knapp
    Pages 1-15
  3. Peggy A. Knapp
    Pages 17-42
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    Pages 43-68
  5. Peggy A. Knapp
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    Pages 99-125
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 177-242

About this book


Chaucerian Aesthetics examines The Canterbury Tale and Troilus and Criseyde from both medieval and post-Kantian vantage points. These sometimes congruent, sometimes divergent perspectives illuminate both the immediate pleasure of encountering beauty and its haunting promise of intelligibility. Although aesthetic reflection has sometimes seemed out of sync with modern approaches to mind and language, Knapp defends its value in general and demonstrates its importance for the analysis of Chaucer s narrative art. Focusing on language games, persons, women, humor, and community, this book ponders what makes art beautiful.


aesthetics Chaucer language Medieval Literature medievalist Middle Ages mind play understanding women

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