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Transporting Chaucer$
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Helen Barr

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091490

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091490.001.0001

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Introduction: Transporting Chaucer

Introduction: Transporting Chaucer

(p.1) Introduction: Transporting Chaucer
Transporting Chaucer

Helen Barr

Manchester University Press

Beginning with Antony Gormley’s Transport sculpture in Canterbury cathedral, the Introduction introduces key conceptual premises of the book. It shows how Transport re-presents bodies in time in a fashion that recalls characteristics of medieval cultural practices: ecclesiastical space, written texts such as Piers Plowman, The Book of Margery Kempe, Mystery plays and devotional texts. Discussion of religious iconography between The Book of the Duchess and The Miller’s Tale shows how Chaucer’s writing occupies a distinctive place in this blurring of boundaries between historical materiality, scriptural history, and contemporary fictions. Bodily transport between Chaucer’s own works anticipates the transport that is yet to be made of them in works that he did not compose.

Keywords:   Antony Gormley, Time, Religious iconography, Poetics, Literary history, The Canterbury Tales, Academic disciplinarity

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