115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Post-Fin'amor English Poetry: Mocking "Courtly Love" and "Auctoritee" in Chaucer

Arpi Movsesian, University of California, Santa Barbara

The tension between body and soul is at the root of much of the poetry written after the decline of fin'amor, until the ideas of the troubadour ethos slowly reappear in Chaucer. Chaucer satirizes the sublimated, desexualized, and "courtly love" in the Miller, while also mocking "auctoritee" in The Wife of Bath. 

Proposal: 

The tension between body and soul is at the root of much of the poetry written after the decline of fin'amor, until the ideas of the troubadour ethos slowly reappear in Chaucer. Chaucer satirizes the sublimated, desexualized, and "courtly love" in the Miller, while also mocking "auctoritee" in The Wife of Bath.