Defense Date

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Dr. Sachi Shimomura

Second Advisor

Dr. Joshua Eckhardt

Third Advisor

Dr. John Brinegar

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Leigh Ann Craig

Abstract

This thesis examines three images associated with the manuscripts and early printed editions of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde which I have dubbed “Prostrate Troilus,” “Pandarus as Messenger,” and “Criseyde in the Garden.” These images are artifacts of contemporary textual interpretation that “read” Chaucer’s text and the tale of Troilus. They each illustrate the way in which Troilus, Pandarus, and Criseyde “read” images, gestures, symbols, and speeches within the narrative, and they show how these characters are constrained and influenced by their individual primary modes of perception. Troilus reads but does not analyze. Pandarus actively reads his own meanings into messages. Criseyde’s reading is reflective. Ultimately, the different interpretive strategies that Chaucer explores in Troilus mirror those of Chaucer’s readers.

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Is Part Of

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Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-8-2017

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