First encounter
‘Snail-horn perception’ in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde
in Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries
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Elizabeth Robertson brings together Keats’s ‘snail-horn perception’ with medieval theory of the senses, especially optics, and medieval theology, to analyse the first tenuous encounters between Troilus and Criseyde. During their sensually-charged optical exchanges, both physiological and psychological processes are at work to create great emotional force in the text and impact on the text’s readers.

Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries

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