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The New Middle Ages

Chaucerian Ecopoetics

Deconstructing Anthropocentrism in the Canterbury Tales

Authors: Normandin, Shawn

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  • Applies ecocriticism to one of the most canonical medieval British poets
  • Examines the Canterbury Tales and Chaucer’s rhetoric in novel ways
  • Highlights twenty-first century discussions within the environmental humanities of the Anthropocene
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About this book

Chaucerian Ecopoetics performs ecocritical close readings of Geoffrey Chaucer's poetry.  Shawn Normandin explains how Chaucer's language demystifies the aesthetic charm of his narratives and calls into question the anthropocentrism they often depict. This text combines ecocriticism with reading techniques associated with deconstruction, to provide innovative interpretations of the General Prologue, the Knight's Tale, the Miller's Tale, the Reeve's Tale, the Franklin's Tale, the Physician's Tale, and the Monk's Tale. In stressing the importance of rhetorical nuance and literary form, Chaucerian Ecopoetics enables readers to better understand the ideological prehistory of today's environmental crisis.


About the authors

Shawn Normandin is Associate Professor of English at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea. 


Reviews

“This volume offers much for the Chaucerian critic committed to or simply intrigued by ecocritical approaches to literature. Normandin makes … appreciated tales vital to our understanding not just of Chaucer's time period, but our own.” (Susan Morrison, The Medieval Review, scholarworks.iu.edu, June 28, 2019)
“Because of its novel and ambitious argument and strategies for interpretation, Chaucerian Ecopoetics has wonderfully provocative and original insights throughout.” (Lesley Kordecki, Professor of English, DePaul University, USA)

“Chaucerian Ecopoetics is a smart, lively, unsentimental, and accessible exposition of why environmentality matters to our understanding of the late Middle Ages. Through intensely ecocritical close readings of various Canterbury Tales, Shawn Normandin demonstrates how Chaucer explores via narrative shifts in point of view the entangled intimacy of the human and the nonhuman. This engaging book will interest medievalists and environmental humanists alike.” (Jeffrey J. Cohen, Dean of Humanities, Arizona State University, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-90457-3
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-90456-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-08020-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chaucerian Ecopoetics
Book Subtitle
Deconstructing Anthropocentrism in the Canterbury Tales
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90457-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90457-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90456-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08020-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 226
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