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"In this imaginative book, David Carlson invites us to read Chaucer's poetry through his professional careers. As servant to the aristocracy, official for the court, Member of Parliament, Clerk of the King's Works, tax-gatherer, justice of the peace, and so on, Chaucer was, in Carlson's words, everything from a 'lackey' to an 'official of the repressive apparatus of the state.' Chaucer's poetry, Carlson argues, did the same kind of work as the poet did throughout his life: it flattered patrons and disciplined political unrest. Chaucer's Jobs reveals how Chaucer became the 'father' of English poetry, not so much because he was a great poet, but because his poetry served to affirm the dominant social interests of his age. Carlson has written a book that will provoke us to see a social Chaucer in new and productive ways, and it will also provoke debates about the poet's place in both his historical period and our modern classrooms."--Seth Lerer, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Stanford University
 

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"In this imaginative book, David Carlson invites us to read Chaucer`s poetry through his professional careers. As servant to the aristocracy, official for the court, Member of Parliament, Clerk of the King`s Works, tax-gatherer, justice of the peace, and so on, Chaucer was, in Carlson`s words, everything from a `lackey` to an `official of the repressive apparatus of the state.` Chaucer`s poetry, Carlson argues, did the same kind of work as the poet did throughout his life: it flattered patrons and disciplined political unrest. Chaucer`s Jobs reveals how Chaucer became the `father` of English poetry, not so much because he was a great poet, but because his poetry served to affirm the dominant social interests of his age. Carlson has written a book that will provoke us to see a social Chaucer in new and productive ways, and it will also provoke debates about the poet`s place in both his historical period and our modern classrooms."--Seth Lerer, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Stanford University

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Product Details

  • Series: New Middle Ages
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230602436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230602434
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,266,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone knows Chaucer as a writer, but Carlson's impeccable research delves into the man's life away from the pen and parchment. A deeper understanding of the tasks and jobs he had taken to survive really opens up the ways to interpret his prose and poetry. Definitely not as dry and dull a personality as portrayed in English Lit. 101!
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