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This book examines the ways in which Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower appropriated their sources, paying particular attention to the theories of history and political agendas informing these appropriations. The study offers comparative readings of Chaucer's and Gower's works, framed by a concern with twentieth-century theories that explore the limits of historicist and deconstructive readings of late medieval texts. Starting with Gower's qVox Clamantis, q the chapters offer largely chronological readings of texts such as Chaucer's dream visions, qTroilus and Criseyde, q the qTale of Melibeeq and the qPhysician's Tale, q and a selection of tales from Gower's qConfessio Amantis.q The querying historicism pursued in these readings offers a new way of considering late medieval literature, focusing on close-reading and a dialogue between medieval and post-medieval cultural discourses.The most prominent proponents of this end of history are Francis Fukuyama, who posits liberal democracy as the logical end of historical development, and on a decidedly more postmodern note Jean-Francois Lyotard and Jean Baudrillard, anbsp;...

Author: Malte Urban
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2009

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