Chaucer's Agents: Cause and Representation in Chaucerian Narrative (Hardback)Carolynn Van Dyke (author)
Hardback 376 Pages / Published: 31/01/2006
- We can order this
Critical disagreements about Chaucer arise from divergent assumptions about who or what determines his narratives: life-like characters, doctrinal principles, the cycles of history, material conditions, the prototypical subject, the reader, even the text itself. "Chaucer's Agents" shifts our focus from particular kinds of cause to the representation of cause itself - that is, to agency. Using modern theories from various disciplines, Van Dyke analyzes agency with particular reference to narrative. She then argues that Chaucer's career intersects with crises in political, metaphysical, and authorial agency. In successive chapters, she explores various kinds of Chaucerian agents: allegorical realities, intelligent animals, pagan gods, women (as religious exemplars and as subversive subjects), and the author. Each chapter surveys medieval conceptions of the agency in question and then follows that kind of agent through representative Chaucerian texts, showing how Chaucer's answers to questions about causation shape, and even constitute, his narratives. Carolynn Van Dyke is Francis A. March Professor of English at Lafayette College.
Publisher: Associated University Presses
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 694 g
Dimensions: 239 x 168 x 27 mm
You may also be interested in...
Please sign in to write a review
Simply reserve online and pay at the counter when you collect. Available in shop from just two hours, subject to availability.
Thank you for your reservation
Your order is now being processed and we have sent a confirmation email to you at
When will my order be ready to collect?
Following the initial email, you will be contacted by the shop to confirm that your item is available for collection.
Call us on or send us an email at
Unfortunately there has been a problem with your order
Please try again or alternatively you can contact your chosen shop on or send us an email at