A New Midrashic Reading of Geoffrey Chaucer His Life and Works (Studies in British Literature No. 89)
By: Norman Simms (author)Hardback
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This book in the field of English Literature as well as Jewish and Marrano studies concerns where the arduous and painstaking heuristic methods and processes meet the interpretative field of hermeneutics.
Norman Simms, an American and Israeli citizen, has lived and worked in New Zealand for more than thirty years, along with spells teaching in Canada, France and Israel. Trained as a medievalist and eighteenth-century specialist in English Literature (degrees from Alfred and Washington Universities), he has increasingly become interested in the situation of the Crypto-Jews at the end of the Middle Ages and in the early Modern Period. He has published scores of articles and books, the most recent Sir Gawain and the Knight of the Green Chapel (University Press of America) concerning Marrano authors in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Simms is a psycho-historian and founder of the journal Mentalities/ Mentalites.
Preface by Joseph Abraham Levi.....i Introduction.....1 Chapter One Ars Longa, Vita Breva: A First Look at the Poet's Work and the Biography.....55 Chapter Two Three Kinds of Midrashic Deafness and Silence in The Canterbury Tales.....105 Chapter Three Embodiments, Dismemberments and Wobbly Genres: The Defective Text and the Wyf of Bath.....151 Chapter Four Confronting Anti-Semitism: The Prioress and her Prologue and Tale.....193 Chapter Five Misrepresentations and Miseries of the Jews.....237 Chapter Six Contractions, Fissuring and Repairs: Chaucer's Many Dream Worlds.....277 Chapter Seven Cosmic Myths and Rituals of Folly.....329 Chapter Eight The Book of the Duchess or Sepher he-Chesed.....369 Chapter Nine Some Final Words and Questions.....417 Bibliography.....463 Index.....481
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