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Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender

Alcuin Blamires


This book, mainly concentrating on the Canterbury Tales, reassesses the moral dimension in Chaucer’s writings. For the Middle Ages, the study of human behaviour was quintessentially moral. It was not gender neutral: certain virtues and certain failings were explicitly or implicitly gender-specific. The book demonstrates how crucial Chaucer’s engagement is with the composite moral/ethical traditions available to him. By recourse to commonplace primary sources of the period, it is shown that Stoic ideals that had been somewhat uncomfortably absorbed within medieval Christian moral codes are invo ... More

Keywords: Canterbury Tales, Chaucer’s writings, ethical, moral, gender, stoic, Christian, individual Tales, Wife of Bath

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199248674
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alcuin Blamires, author
Professor of English, Goldsmiths College, University of London
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