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Chaucer and the Fictions of Gender
Hansen challenges both the long-standing myth of Chaucer as the tolerant, wise Father of English poetry and the recent arguments that Chaucer was a protofeminist, subversive of the misogyny of his day. Hansen argues that these mistaken interpretations inhibit readings of Chaucer that respond to feminist and other poststructuralist critiques of traditional literary scholars ...more
Published January 30th 1992 by University of California Press
(first published January 10th 1992)
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Not terribly useful to me, in terms of what I was looking for, but an interesting perspective on gender in Chaucer's works. I wasn't too impressed by some of it -- you know the way everyone says English Lit students read too much into it? Well, sometimes they do, and I think this was one of those cases.
The review above makes me laugh. As a professional medievalist, let me just say that this book is one of the definitive texts on Chaucer, and is used in graduate courses all the time. It is articulate and well researched, and provides an excellent counterbalance to the traditional white male perspective that dominated Chaucer studies for years.