Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Familiar EnemyChaucer, Language, and Nation in the Hundred Years War$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ardis Butterfield

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199574865

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574865.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 24 November 2020

The English Subject

The English Subject

Chapter:
(p.269) 8 The English Subject
Source:
The Familiar Enemy
Author(s):

Ardis Butterfield (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574865.003.0008

This chapter investigates the role widely ascribed to The Book of the Duchess, Chaucer's first surviving narrative poem, as a polemically ‘English’ work. It sees it instead as the product of a francophone reader working within a multilingual, international environment. Rather than see Chaucer as ‘English’ in resistance to ‘French’, we can develop a more subtle appreciation of the ways in which cultural meanings pass from one language into another. The Book of the Duchess is compared with Machaut and Froissart, the Rose, and the Anglo‐Franco‐Italian transpositions of Boethius in Troilus and Criseyde. What modern critics conventionally herald as the new subjectivity of Chaucer's love vision is reassessed in terms of an overt, and long‐standing debate about English and its capacity to express a discourse of subjective desire in the face of French's acknowledged subtlety. It concludes with the hybrid Anglo‐French poet Charles d'Orléans.

Keywords:   Chaucer, Machaut, Froissart, Le Roman de la Rose, Book of the Duchess, Charles d'Orléans, subjectivity, love vision

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .