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Top 10 Geoffrey Chaucer: Gender & Religion in Chaucer


The study of Geoffrey Chaucer's works often ventures into the area of gender and religious studies. In these books, you'll read about some of the scholarship that's been written about identity, gender and religion. Read on.

1. Shadows of Mary

by Teresa P. Reed. University of Wales Press. From the publisher: "Teresa Reed traces aspects of Marian figuration ranging from Chaucer's Constance and the Wife of Bath, to the medical woman of the English Trotula, Saint Margaret of Antioch and the Pearl maiden."
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2. Traditions and Renewals

by Marie Borroff. Yale University Press. From the publisher: "In new interpretations of a number of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Marie Borroff finds mutually corroborating signs of reformist sympathies on the poet's part."
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3. Abandoned Women

by Suzanne C. Hagedorn. University of Michigan Press. From the publisher: "Focusing on the vernacular works of Dante, Boccaccio, and Chaucer; she argues that revisiting the classical tradition of the abandoned woman enables these medieval authors to reconsider ancient epics and myths from a female perspective and question assimptions about gender roles in medieval literature."
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4. Feminizing Chaucer

by Jill Mann. Boydell & Brewer. From the publisher: "'Feminizing Chaucer' investigates Chaucer's thinking about women, and re-assesses it in the light of developments in feminist criticism. It explores Chaucer's handling of gender issues, of power roles, of misogynist stereotypes and the writer's responsibility for perpetuating them, and the complex meshing of activity and passivity in human experience."
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5. Pagans, Tartars, Moslems, and Jews in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

by Brenda Deen Schildgen. University Press of Florida. From the publisher: "Brenda Deen Schildgen takes a new path in Chaucer studies by examining the 'Canterbury Tales' set outside a Christian-dominated world--tales that pit Christian teleological ethics and history against the imagined beliefs and practices of Moslems, Jews, pagans, and Chaucer's contemporaries, the Tartars."
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6. Chaucer's Pardoner and Gender Theory: Bodies of Discourse

by Robert Stuart Sturges. Palgrave Macmillan. From the publisher: "'Chaucer's Pardoner and Gender Theory,' the first book-length treatment of the Pardoner, examines the character in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales from the perspective of both medieval and twentieth-century theories of sex, gender, and erotic practice."
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7. Gender and Language in Chaucer

by Catherine S. Cox. University Press of Florida. From the publisher: "Examining selections from 'The Canterbury Tales,' 'Troilus and Criseyde,' 'The Legend of Good Women,' and the ballades, she explores Chaucer's concern with gender and language both within the context of fourteenth-century culture and in light of contemporary feminist and poststructuralist theory."
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8. Feminist Readings in Middle English Literature: The Wife of Bath

by Leslie Johnson (Editor), and Ruth Evans (Editor). Routledge. From the publisher: "This volume, designed with the student reader in mind, provides an indispensable blend of key essays in the field with specially commissioned new material by feminist scholars from the UK and the US. The essays address a diversity of texts and feminist approaches and are framed by a substantial and illuminating introduction by the editors..."
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9. The Naked Text: Chaucer's Leg of Good Women

by Sheila Delany. University of California Press. From the publisher: "Delany's strikingly original readings of Chaucer's Orientalism, his sexual wordplay, his theological attitudes, and his treatment of sex and gender have given us a Chaucer for our time."
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10. Philosophical Chaucer: Love, Sex, and Agency in the Canterbury Tales

by Mark Miller, and Alastair Minnis (Editor). Cambridge University Press. From the publisher: "While most Chaucer critics interested in gender and sexuality have used psychoanalytic theory to analyze Chaucer's poetry, Mark Miller re-examines the links between sexuality and the philosophical analysis of agency in medieval texts such as the 'Canterbury Tales,' Boethius's 'Consolation of Philosophy,' and the 'Romance of the Rose.'"
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