• Re-Novating Troy: Chrematistics, Imagination, and Hybrid Temporalities in Chaucer's Troy stories

    Author(s):
    Wolfram Keller (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Medieval Studies
    Subject(s):
    Authorship, Geoffrey Chaucer, Innovation, Late medieval English literature, Medieval literature
    Item Type:
    Online publication
    Tag(s):
    chrematistics, House of Fame, Matter of Troy, Troilus and Criseyde
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6GV9H
    Abstract:
    It is the purpose of this essay to show how, in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troy stories (The House of Fame, Troilus and Criseyde), literary innovation figures as temporal and categorical purification and hybridization. I aim to show that Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde implicitly stages literary innovation in terms of the textual strategies that are explicitly described and simultaneously enacted in his House of Fame. At the risk of oversimplification, my view of a Chaucerian poetics of literary re-novation runs something like this: The texts mentioned suggest, I believe, that poetic composition first and foremost begins at the nexus of a continuous multiplication of narratives and the concomitant necessity (and impossibility) of mapping, of distinguishing foregoing and authorized traditions. Categorizing narratives into traditions, however, results, at best, in an illusion of authorized knowledge. Within the fictional economy of Chaucer’s works, the purification of tradition inevitably leads to hybridizations, as new poetry ultimately emerges in the construction and subsequent deconstruction of narratives from contexts, especially temporal contexts.
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