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    Chaucer's borders

    Bale, Anthony (2019) Chaucer's borders. In: Johnson, I. (ed.) Geoffrey Chaucer in Context. Literature in Context. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 311-319. ISBN 9781139565141. (In Press)

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    Whilst Chaucer rarely used words like foreyn, alyen or enemi, the crossing of borders and the interrogation of identity are absolutely crucial to his poetics. The borderlands of identity – and in particular, crossings of borders, movements between identity – can be a helpful way of thinking about, and taking apart, received ideas of nation. We are now well used to thinking about and identifying transgression, the going beyond of a limit or border, in order to understand how power works in literary texts. Indeed, ‘border’ and ‘boundary’ did not have the same, rather definite, meanings they now have: a bordure was any edge; a bounde could mean any limitation on a piece of land, or simply the outer area of a space. Can we even think in terms of medieval borders when this was a world without formal borders? And does crossing a border always equate to transgression, a change of identity, or an encounter with the Other?


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Depositing User: Anthony Bale
    Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019 12:28
    Last Modified: 30 Jun 2021 08:01


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