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Reading Chaucer After Auschwitz

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Drawing on the work of Holocaust writer Primo Levi and political philosopher Giorgio Agamben McClellan introduces a critical turn ... Lire la suite
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Drawing on the work of Holocaust writer Primo Levi and political philosopher Giorgio Agamben McClellan introduces a critical turn in our reading of Chaucer. He argues that the unprecedented event of the Holocaust, which witnessed the total degradation and extermination of human beings, irrevocably changes how we read literature from the past. McClellan gives a thoroughgoing reading of the M an of Law's Tale, widely regarded as one of Chaucer's most difficult tales, interpreting it as a meditation on the horrors of sovereign power. He shows how Chaucer, through the figuration of Custance, dramatically depicts the destructive effects of power on the human subject. McClellan's intervention, which he calls reading-history-as-ethical-meditation, places reception history in the context of a reception ethics and holds the promise of changing the way we read traditional texts.

Draws on prominent writers, theorists, and philosophers including Primo Levi and Giorgio Agamben

Offers compelling readings for not only Chaucer Studies and medieval scholars but also those interested in reception studies, philosophy, and the history of literature

Challenges traditional readings of Chaucer through its connection of his work to the Holocaust.


William McClellan is Associate Professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New York, USA. He has written articles on medieval literature, the Holocaust, Giorgio Agamben, and political theory.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Political Chaucer

Chapter 2 The Man of Law's Tale: Sovereign Abandonment of the Subject

Chapter 3 First Movement: Marriage and Exile

Chapter 4 Second Movement: Destitution of the Subject

Chapter 5 Third Movement: Return and Restitution

Chapter 6 Interpretation: Critique of Sovereign and the Exemplarity of the Suffering Subject

Works Cited



Informations sur le produit

Titre: Reading Chaucer After Auschwitz
Code EAN: 9781137565440
ISBN: 978-1-137-56544-0
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Springer Palgrave Macmillan
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 123
Poids: g
Taille: H14mm x B219mm x T169mm
Année: 2016
Auflage: 1st ed. 2016

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