Chaucer's Jobs - The New Middle Ages (Paperback)D. Carlson (author)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 237 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 2004 ed.
"In this imaginative book, David Carlson invites us to read Chaucer's poetry through his professional careers. As servant to the aristocracy, official for the court, Member of Parliament, Clerk of the King's Works, tax-gatherer, justice of the peace, and so on, Chaucer was, in Carlson's words, everything from a 'lackey' to an 'official of the repressive apparatus of the state.' Chaucer's poetry, Carlson argues, did the same kind of work as the poet did throughout his life: it flattered patrons and disciplined political unrest. Chaucer's Jobs reveals how Chaucer became the 'father' of English poetry, not so much because he was a great poet, but because his poetry served to affirm the dominant social interests of his age. Carlson has written a book that will provoke us to see a social Chaucer in new and productive ways, and it will also provoke debates about the poet's place in both his historical period and our modern classrooms." - Seth Lerer, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Stanford University
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