112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Chaucer and Related Topics

Session Chair: 
Schuyler Eastin, UC Riverside
Session 8: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm
Marriott Imperial


  1. Christene D'Anca, University of California, Santa Barbara
    The Tale of Gamelyn is the black sheep of the Canterbury Tales. Few have spent more time on it past dubbing it “un-Chaucerian” and making various arguments against its authorship. Here I wish to argue not only Gamelyn’s authorship, but its origin and correct place within the tale order of the Canterbury Tales
  2. Wallace Cleaves, University of California, Riverside
    This paper explores the liminal role of the final group of pilgrims presented in the “General Prologue” to The Canterbury Tales and analyzes their socially disruptive roles in the larger work.  Specifically, these characters are considered as trickster figures of much the same kind as are found in the traditions of Native American and other indigenous societies.
  3. Gillian Adler, University of California, Los Angeles
    This paper explores how Chaucer theorizes about the productive and traumatic capacities of history in the Book of the Duchess through different representations of the past. Mobilizing the ideas of Foucault and Nietzsche, I reevaluate the elegiac function of the Book by arguing that Chaucer warns of the danger of constructing the present through a longing nostalgia for what is lost and past, and manipulates the Boethian model of consolation to new ends.
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