‘Have ye nat seyn somtyme a pale face?’
in Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries
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The face is a vital site of embodied emotional display. By examining descriptions of facial pallor in a range of Chaucer’s works, Downes explores the poet’s representation of the face as an affective text, which launches an interpretative challenge to both the medieval and the modern reader of fiction, as well as deepening our understanding of cultural expressions of feeling in the pre-modern era.

Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries

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