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By Glenn Burger

Bringing the worries of queer concept and postcolonial reviews to undergo on Chaucer's Canterbury stories, this bold publication compels a rethinking not just of this such a lot canonical of works, but in addition of questions of sexuality and gender in pre- and postmodern contexts, of problems with modernity and state in historiography, or even of the firm of historiography itself. Glenn Burger exhibits us Chaucer uneasily located among the medieval and the trendy, his paintings representing new sorts of sexual and communal identification but additionally enacting the anxieties provoked through such departures from the past.

Burger argues that, less than the strain of manufacturing a poetic imaginative and prescient for a brand new vernacular English viewers within the Canterbury stories, Chaucer reimagines overdue medieval family members among the physique and the group. In shut readings which are straight away unique, provocative, and convincing, Chaucer's Queer state is helping readers to work out the writer and viewers built with and by way of the stories as subjects-in-process stuck up in a conflicted second of "becoming." In flip, this historicization unsettles present-day assumptions approximately id with the belief that social corporations of the physique could be performed differently.

Glenn Burger is affiliate professor of English at Queens collage and the Graduate middle, urban college of latest York.

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