Master of Arts
Hartung, Albert E.
Chaucer's Prioress: Conquered by Compromise, proposes to establish that the Prioress is neither a perfectly devout nun nor a blatant hypocrite, but is instead a characterization of the compromised religious vocation in which there is a combination of 'conscious righteousness and unconscious self-indulgence'. The compromise leads to inconsistency; yet, it cannot be called hypocrisy since it involves self-deception rather than an attempt to deceive others.
Blostic, Anthony Kevin, "Chaucer's prioress: conquered by compromise" (1970). Theses and Dissertations. 3833.