Polyphony in The Canterbury Tales: Chaucer, Debate, and Polemic

Abstract : There is a long tradition of formal debate in medieval literature, as I'm certain you all know, and Chaucer's own writings perfectly align themselves with this particular tradition since it often provokes the confrontation of different worlds, each defined by its own logical structures. The notion of debate is thus, in my opinion, fundamentally dialogical in Chaucer's work, for the poet illustrates oppositional structures by a remarkable use of polyphony: his narrator (often his narrative persona) engages in dialogue with the characters he encounters and manages to expose different voices, each one representing a particular perspective (on literature, spirituality...) without submitting them to the monological will of the poet.
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20th Biennal Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Jul 2016, Londres, United Kingdom. 〈http://newchaucersociety.org/pages/entry/2016-congress〉
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Jonathan Fruoco. Polyphony in The Canterbury Tales: Chaucer, Debate, and Polemic. 20th Biennal Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Jul 2016, Londres, United Kingdom. 〈http://newchaucersociety.org/pages/entry/2016-congress〉. 〈hal-01714013〉

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