113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Chaucer and Related Topics

Session Chair: 
Tara Williams, Oregon State University
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
Executive Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Lynn Shutters, Colorado State University
    This essay examines Alcyone's swoon in the Book of the Duchess as an intersection of affective, somatic, and cognitive responses through which Chaucer explores the limits of emotional performance. By establishing that Alcyone’s swoon is alternately linked to her status as classical pagan and virtuous wife, the essay shows how constructions of gender and religion impinge upon her embodied emotional performance and heighten its ethical ambiguity. 
  2. Rhonda Sharrah, San Francisco State University
    Examining the often-neglected link passages of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, not as merely supplementary to the General Prologue portraits and the pilgrims' embedded Tales, but as the defining factor of the frame which exemplifies the Chaucer's artistic/social project. 
  3. Daniel Zimmerman, James Madison University
    Thomas Speght's editorial use of manicules to pre-mark sententiae in his 1602 edition of Chaucer's Workes for commonplacing backfired, diluting the profundity of the maxims and undercutting the complexity, nuance, and humor the lines contribute in their local context.
Session Cancelled: