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Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries$
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Helen M. Hickey, Anne McKendry, and Melissa Raine

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526129154

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526129154.001.0001

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Heavy atmosphere

Heavy atmosphere

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Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Manchester University Press

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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