Date

2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

Edwards, Dr. Suzanne

Abstract

This paper argues for a revised reading of the feminine role in Fin Amor. Guided by an interest in the presentation of gender in The Canterbury Tales, I was specifically invested in the question of whether there is more to the woman's role in the Tales, than a misogynist objectification that it is often written off as. Grounding this interpretative question in the notion of Fin Amor or Courtly Love, I aim to offer a theoretical contribution, which revaluates the dynamic between masculine and feminine lovers, and a concrete contribution, which applies this theory specifically to The Knight's Tale, to glean a modern and progressive interpretation of the woman's role, and what it has to offer in a Boethian world, like the Knight's.

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