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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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‘Wrinkled deep in time’: Emily and Arcite in A Midsummer Night's Dream

‘Wrinkled deep in time’: Emily and Arcite in A Midsummer Night's Dream

(p.140) 4 ‘Wrinkled deep in time’: Emily and Arcite in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Transporting Chaucer

Helen Barr

Manchester University Press

Chapter Four shows how Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream unfolds a wrinkle in time that discloses the memorial presence of Emily and Arcite from The Knight’s Tale and Two Noble Kinsmen. Emily and Arcite cannot be properly admitted to A Midsummer Night’s Dream because they would wreck the couplings of the play on which Theseus dynastic desires depend. But when Emily and Arcite become available to the temporal imagination of these three works, chronology and heteronormativity will not work. The Knight’s Tale, Dream and Kinsmen are intratemporal; the bodies, names and desires of their characters evade the policing of law-makers and guardians of literary history.

Keywords:   The Knight’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Noble Kinsmen, Temporal imagination, Heteronormativity, Names, Text and stage

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