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Although widely beloved for its playfulness and comic sensibility, Chaucer’s poetry is also subtly shot through with dark moments that open into obscure and irresolvably haunting vistas, passages into which one might fall head-first and never reach the abyssal bottom, scenes and events where everything could possibly go horribly wrong or where everything that matters seems, if even momentarily, altogether and irretrievably lost. And then sometimes, things really do go wrong. Opting to dilate rather than cordon off this darkness, this volume assembles a variety of attempts to follow such moments into their folds of blackness and horror, to chart their endless sorrows and recursive gloom, and to take depth soundings in the darker recesses of the Chaucerian lakes in order to bring back palm- or bite-sized pieces (black jewels) of bitter Chaucer that could be shared with others . . . an “assortment,” if you will. Not that this collection finds only emptiness and non-meaning in these caves and lakes. You never know what you will discover in the dark.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page
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  1. Copyright, Support the Publisher, Dedication
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  1. Preparatory Note
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. And Here We Are as on a Darkling Plain
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Dark Whiteness: Benjamin Brawley and Chaucer
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Saturn's Darkness
  2. pp. 13-28
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  1. A Dark Stain and a Non-Encounter
  2. pp. 29-42
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  1. Chaucerian Afterlives: Reception and Eschatology
  2. pp. 43-58
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  1. Black Gold: The Former (and Future) Age
  2. pp. 59-70
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  1. Half Dead: Parsing Cecelia
  2. pp. 71-90
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  1. In the Event of the Franklin’s Tale
  2. pp. 91-102
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  1. Black as the Crow
  2. pp. 103-116
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  1. Unravelling Constance
  2. pp. 117-124
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  1. L’O de V: A Palimpsest
  2. pp. 125-138
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  1. Disconsolate Art
  2. pp. 139-150
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  1. Kill Me, Save Me, Let Me Go: Custance, Virginia, Emelye
  2. pp. 151-160
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  1. The Physician’s Tale as Hagioclasm
  2. pp. 161-172
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  1. The Light Has Lifted: Trickster Pandare
  2. pp. 173-180
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  1. Suffer the Little Children, or, A Rumination on the Faith of Zombies
  2. pp. 181-190
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  1. The Dark is Light Enough: The Layout of the Tale of Sir Thopas
  2. pp. 191-204
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  1. Appendix 1
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  1. Publication Data
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780615701073
MARC Record
OCLC
1176454996
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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