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Twentieth-century Chaucer studies and theories of audience

Kathleen Eleanor Cawsey

Twentieth-century Chaucer studies and theories of audience

by Kathleen Eleanor Cawsey

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This thesis addresses the relationship among Chaucer, critics, and theories of audience. Drawing on Michel Foucault"s concept of the author-function, I argue that scholars use a parallel "audience-function" to limit and enable their criticism. I argue that this audience-function is crucial to interpretation, and that different ideas about audience produce different readings of literary texts. To prove this assertion, I analyse in detail the work of six prominent Chaucerians in the twentieth century, outlining both their latent and their explicit assumptions about audiences, and showing how those assumptions affect and enable their criticism. This analysis provides a tool for students of Chaucer, allowing them to discern some of the reasons behind the widely varying interpretations of Chaucer"s works; it also provides theoretical insight into the way in which particular ideas about audiences are inherent to certain theoretical stances and approaches.In my study, I argue that several abstract categories of audience definition are fundamental in limiting and conditioning these critics" readings, and best explain the diversity of interpretation in Chaucer criticism. First, critics can be divided according to whether they include both medieval and modern readers in Chaucer"s "audience" (Kittredge, Donaldson, Dinshaw, or whether they limit their definition of audience to Chaucer"s medieval audience (Lewis, Robertson, Patterson). Second, critics" ideas of audience can be categorised according to whether the audience is seen as relatively trusting and "straight" (Kittredge, Lewis), or suspicious and ironic (Donaldson, Robertson), or somewhere in the middle (Dinshaw, Patterson). Third, images of audience can be divided according to assumptions that the audience is homogeneous in composition (Kittredge, Lewis, Donaldson, Robertson) or heterogeneous and multiple (Dinshaw, Patterson). With each critic, I explore the way in which these criteria for audience definition condition, circumscribe or prompt particular interpretations of Chaucer"s works.The six scholars studied in this thesis are George Lyman Kittredge, C. S. Lewis, E. Talbot Donaldson, D. W. Robertson, Carolyn Dinshaw and Lee Patterson. Each established or represented a particular approach or trend in Chaucer studies, and each presented arguments that the following generation of scholars had to "answer" before proposing alternative interpretations.

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Other titles20th century Chaucer studies and theories of audience.
Statementby Kathleen Eleanor Cawsey.
The Physical Object
Pagination333 leaves.
Number of Pages333
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Open LibraryOL20762840M
ISBN 109780494158005

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1. General. Several new studies touch on the history of Chaucer scholarship. Most comprehensively, Kathy Cawsey’s Twentieth Century Chaucer Criticism: Reading Audiences offers both ‘a means of sorting through and making sense’ of Chaucer scholarship (p.

ix) and a theoretical framework for considering how critics implicitly construe the notion of audience in their interpretations. She has just published her first book, Twentieth-Century Chaucer Criticism (Ashgate, ).

While Chaucer criticism is sort of the Burberry trench of English literary criticism — understated, solid, respectable— Dr. Cawsey’s volume is like a flash of. Shifting ideas about Geoffrey Chaucer's audience have produced radically different readings of Chaucer's work over the course of the past century.

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The thrust of Kittredge's criticism is, firstly, that the author is always right and, secondly, that Chaucer's audience was `like a theatrical audience.

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