Time as Rhetorical Topos in Chaucer's Poetry

Martin Camargo

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Abstract

Chaucer scholars have long recognized that the experience, measurement, and understanding of time have changed since the Middle Ages and that modern readers must be educated in the conceptions of time that Chaucer would have shared with members of his original audience if they are to appreciate the full extent of Chaucer’s artistry. Chaucerian time has been studied from many perspectives, in particular those of medieval theology and natural philosophy. Despite the deep learning and broad scope of such studies, extending from theoretical speculations about the nature of time, to moral implications of time, to astrological and even mechanical methods for calculating time, they do not begin to exhaust the range of meanings that time would have had for a fourteenth-century intellectual. Less studied by Chaucerians but no less familiar to Chaucer is time as a component of rhetoric.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedieval Rhetoric
Subtitle of host publicationA Casebook
EditorsScott D. Troyan
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Chapter5
Pages91-107
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic) 9780203328699
ISBN (Print) 9780415971638
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 17 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities

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