Chaucer and the child / Eve Salisbury
- Salisbury, Eve
- New York, NY, U.S.A. : Palgrave Macmillan, 
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- Physical Description:
- xiii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction -- Child Chaucer -- Time and the Child -- To Procreate or Not to Procreate: That Is the Question -- Ages and Stages of Life -- Three Stages -- Four Stages -- Seven Stages -- Etymologies and the Child -- From Girls to Women -- Troubling Stages of Life -- Content and Context -- 2.Child Chaucer and the Play of Imagination -- Worlds of Imagination -- Translating Imagination -- Imagining Fear and Joy -- Child Thopas -- Doing the ABCs -- Writing for the Young and Inexperienced -- Flights of Fancy and Talking Eagles -- Dissembling Birds -- Enter the Book of the Duchess -- Ending with the Beginning -- 3.Infantasy and the Silent Child -- The Language of Infancy -- A "Propre Page" -- Children Eaten by Sows, "Crueel Houndes," and "Foul Vermyne" -- Griselda's Children -- The Dead Son in the Summoner's Tale -- The Hugolino Boys -- The Litel Clergeon -- 4.Pueritia: Boys and Girls -- Lytel Lowys and the Astrolabe -- The Anonymous Schoolboy -- Two Daughters and a Widow -- The Maid Child -- Canacee -- Emelye -- 5.Adolescentia: "For Youthe and Elde is Often at Debaat" -- May, Damian, and January -- The Squire -- Children of Venus and Mars -- Perkyn Revelour -- The ""Yongeste" Revelour -- The Canon's Yeoman -- Malyne -- 6.Troubling Stages of Life: Child-Woman, Child-Man -- Child-Man Maurice -- Woman-Child Custance -- Sophie, a "litel thyng in prose" -- Prelude to Virginia -- Child-Woman Virginia -- Oswald the Reeve -- The Prioress -- 7.An Afterword.
- This book addresses portrayals of children in a wide array of Chaucerian works. Situated within a larger discourse on childhood, Ages of Man theories, and debates about the status of the child in the late fourteenth century, Chaucer's literary children--from infant to adolescent--offer a means by which to hear the voices of youth not prominently treated in social history. The readings in this study urge our attention to literary children, encouraging us to think more thoroughly about the Chaucerian collection from their perspectives. Eve Salisbury argues that the child is neither missing in the late Middle Ages nor in Chaucer's work, but is, rather, fundamental to the institutions of the time and central to the poet's concerns.
- 9781137436368 (hardcover)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-268) and index.
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