Through an analysis of the poems Chaucers wordes Unto Adam, His Owne Scriveyn, Troilus and Criseyde, the Legend of Good Women, the Man of Lawas Tale, the Wife of Bathas Tale and its Prologue, the Clerkas Tale, and the Pardoneras Tale, Carolyn Dinshaw offers a provocative argument on medieval sexual constructs and Chauceras role in shaping them. Operating under the assumption that people read and write certain ways based upon societyas demands, Dinshaw examines gender identity and the effects of a patriarchal society. The focal point of Dinshawas argument is the idea that the literary text can be seen as the female body while any literary activities upon the text are decidedly male. Through a series of six provocative essays, Dinshaw argues that Chaucer was not only aware that gender is a social construction, but that he self-consciously worked to oppose the dominance of masculinity that a patriarchal society places on texts by creating works in which gender identity and hierarchy were more fluid.Chapter Four aquot;Glose/bele choseaquot;: The Wife of Bath and Her Glossators The Man of Law has just concluded his tale of Constance, reuniting ... its heroine as a will- less blank and has thus controlled the threat that an independent female aquot;corageaquot; would pose to patriarchy. ... In this endlink to the Man of Lawa#39;s Tale and beginning of the Wife of Batha#39;s Prologue, woman is associated with the body and the textanbsp;...
|Title||:||Chaucer's Sexual Poetics|
|Publisher||:||Univ of Wisconsin Press - 1989|