Shame and Guilt in Chaucer

Hardcover | October 2, 2012

byAnne McTaggart

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Geoffrey Chaucer aimed his ethical critique and social satire at human failures to acknowledge guilt and their self-defensive use of shame. Shame and Guilt in Chaucer explores Chaucer's representation of these concepts in the context of modern affect theory. By showing how shame pervades Chaucer's texts but guilt is largely invisible, inaccessible, or resistant to full disclosure, Anne McTaggart challenges perceptions and reveals an ethics of affect to be at the heart of Chaucerian poetics.

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Geoffrey Chaucer aimed his ethical critique and social satire at human failures to acknowledge guilt and their self-defensive use of shame. Shame and Guilt in Chaucer explores Chaucer's representation of these concepts in the context of modern affect theory. By showing how shame pervades Chaucer's texts but guilt is largely invisible, ...

Anne McTaggart is an assistant professor of English at the University of Western Ontario.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:206 pages, 8.88 × 5.71 × 0.72 inPublished:October 2, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230337384

ISBN - 13:9780230337381

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Shame and Guilt, Now and Then
Chapter Two: Shamed Guiltless in Chaucer's Pagan Antiquity
Chapter Three: Honor, Purity, and Sacrifice in the Knight's Tale and the Physician's Tale
Chapter Four: Structures of Reciprocity in Chaucerian Romance
Chapter Five: The Ills of Illocution: Shame, Guilt, and Confession in the Pardoner's Tale and the Parson's Tale
Conclusion: Chaucer and Medieval Shame Culture