Date of Award
M.A. in English
Gregory G Heyworth
Lindy M. Brady
This thesis is interested in forms of “imperfection” in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. I define “imperfection” as an authorial gesture performed to narrate an idealized virtue while depriving it from its idealism. The imperfection of a virtue, however, does not happen absolutely. It is the character’s incomplete, distorted, or decadent command of a given virtue, rather than the virtue itself, that makes it imperfect. Consisting of three chapters, the thesis examines Chaucer’s imperfection of things idealized within two medieval spaces: a) the ecclesiastical institution of Church and b) the secular institution of Knighthood. This is why the thesis settled on the Prioress’s Tale and the Knight’s Tale as its only foci of discussion, though I seek to connect what the tales have to narrate to a few medieval primary sources as well as few other literary works.
Seif, Ahmed, "Chaucerian imperfections: The other and the turbulant self" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1180.