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Reading Chaucer After Auschwitz : Sovereign Power and Bare Life (Hardcover) (William Mcclellan)

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Drawing on the work of Holocaust writer Primo Levi and political philosopher Giorgio Agamben McClellan introduces a critical turn in our reading of Chaucer. He argues that the unprecedented event of the Holocaust, which witnessed the total degradation and extermination of human beings, irrevocably changes how we read literature from the past. McClellan gives a thoroughgoing reading of the Man of Law’s Tale, widely regarded as one of Chaucer’s most difficult tales, interpreting it as a meditation on the horrors of sovereign power. He shows how Chaucer, through the figuration of Custance, dramatically depicts the destructive effects of power on the human subject. McClellan’s intervention, which he calls “reading-history-as-ethical-meditation,” places reception history in the context of a reception ethics and holds the promise of changing the way we read traditional texts.  
Number of Pages: 123
Genre: Literary Criticism
Series Title: New Middle Ages
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: William Mcclellan
Language: English
Street Date: November 5, 2016
TCIN: 51702885
UPC: 9781137565440
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-1389
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