qLeicester performs a full-scale revision of the 'dramatic way of reading Chaucer, ' the 'character-oriented, dramatic approaches' that continue to underlie many (perhaps most) current readings of Chaucer. His well-articulated approach to the qTales q is informed by immersion in and understanding of current literary-critical theory. In fact, he makes an important intervention in critical theory (certainly in medieval literary criticism) in his project of 'recovering the subject' and theorizing its agency after the evacuation of individual subjectivity by structuralism. He operates in the knowledge that the human subject is a construct, however, a knowledge that structuralism provided; Leiscester's is thus best understood as a 'post-structuralist acitivity.' Along the way, he does brilliant close readings of thee major qTalesq--the Wife of Bath's, Pardoner's, and Knight's--and the qGeneral Prologue.q Very few writers have asked of and gotten so much from Chaucer's texts.q--Carolyn Dinshaw, author of qChaucer's Sexual Politicsq qA brilliant study of the nature of human subjectivity in Chaucer's qCanterbury Tales.q It responds to some controversial issues in Chaucer criticism and to relevant questions in modern psychoanalytic, post-structuralist, and sociological theories of the self. It contributes to both Chaucer studies and modern theory by giving rich, nuanced, and fruitful readings of three tales. . . . Leicester's interpretations of the poems are original and compelling. Having read them, I find them indispensable.q--Judith Ferster, author of qChaucer on InterpretationqShe might well respond, as she does to a husband (which one is not certain), aquot;I trowe thou woldest loke me in thy chiste!aquot; (317). ... about the Wife of Bath is why she begins to tell her tale when she does a in fact we do not even know when that is. ... He apparently follows the Bradshaw Shift but assumes that the Wife ignores the tales of fragment C to hark back to the end of B2 (OfSondry Folk, 1 16 -17).
|Title||:||The Disenchanted Self|
|Author||:||Henry Marshall Leicester|
|Publisher||:||Univ of California Press - 1990|