Jeffrey Jerome Cohen deftly pairs ‘heavy atmosphere’ – ideas about weather and mood – in Chaucer’s works, while at the same time unsettling received ideas about a unidimensional human and elemental world. In Cohen’s exploration of them, the ‘weighty’ atmosphere of the Reeve’s Tale and the fate of Arcite in the Knight’s Tale contrast sharply with Troilus’s celestial transcendence.
Keywords: Chaucer, Geoffrey, Reeve’s Tale, Knight’s Tale, Ecocriticism in Medieval Poetics, Medieval Environmental Criticism, Family Violence, Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome, Emotion in Literature, Gower, John, Confessio Amantis
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