Shame and Guilt in Chaucer

  • Authors
  • Anne McTaggart

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Anne McTaggart
    Pages 1-21
  3. Anne McTaggart
    Pages 123-130
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 131-192

About this book


Explores the representation of emotions as psychological concepts and cultural constructs in Geoffrey Chaucer's narrative poetry. McTaggart argues that Chaucer's main works including The Canterbury Tales are united thematically in their positive view of guilt and in their anxiety about the desire for sacrifice and vengeance that shame can provoke.


Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer Medieval Literature Middle Ages poetry

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