Engaged with insights from trauma theory, this essay offers a reading of Geoffrey Chaucer's Knight's Tale as a profound meditation on catastrophe and survival. This account refocuses the Knight's Tale's famous oscillation between consolation and devastation, philosophy and fate, to consider the unexpected forms that poetic representations of catastrophe take in a premodern poem.
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Research Article| January 01 2022
Infinite Sorrows: Catastrophic Forms in Chaucer's Knight's Tale
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (1): 93–117.
Patricia Clare Ingham; Infinite Sorrows: Catastrophic Forms in Chaucer's Knight's Tale. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 1 January 2022; 52 (1): 93–117. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10829636-9478496
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