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.
Elite women in Caxton’s Book of the Knight of the Tower
, ‘Labouring to Make the Good Wife Good in the journées
chrétiennes and Le Menagier de Paris’, Florilegium, 23 (2006), 19–40.
6 Compare Felicity Riddy’s contention that ‘domesticity as a “state of
mind” does not necessarily rest on a distinction between working and
residing, or the home and the world, or on a separation of spheres
along gender lines’ and that ‘for the pre-modernera we need a different
model’. Felicity Riddy, ‘ “Burgeis” Domesticity in Late-
England’, in Maryanne Kowaleski and P. J. P. Goldberg (eds), Medieval
Domesticity: Home, Housing and