The Doubled Joys of Troilus and Criseyde

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


This chapter re-reads the “Boethianism” of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, arguing that the poem explores the intersections of erotic and intellectual discourses in order to open up an ethical space for earthly happiness.


Love Affair Human Happiness Ethical Space Aristotelian Philosophy Worldly Happiness 
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