- Series: The New Middle Ages
- Paperback: 197 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2010 edition (June 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230105076
- ISBN-13: 978-0230105072
- 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 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog: Medieval Studies and New Media (The New Middle Ages) 2010th Edition
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"There is a tendency to assume that anything that happened in history is not funny. Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog performs the vital service of showing that the Middle Ages can be fun, and, as a side effect, reminding us that people were as capable of laughing in the fourteenth century as we are today . . . maybe more so." - Terry Jones, Director of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and author of Chaucer's Knight: The Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary
"While disappointed to discover that I am not the Chaucer blogger, I nonetheless commend this edifying tome." - David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor, University of Pennsylvania
About the Author
Geoffrey "LeVostreGC" Chaucer blogs at houseoffame.blogspot.com and is working on a forthcoming poem collecting the "tales" of a group of pilgrims on the way to Canterbury.
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is Associate Professor of English at George Washington University.
Robert W. Hanning is Professor Emeritusof English at Columbia University.
Bonnie Wheeler is Professor of English at Southern Methodist University where she directs the Medieval Studies Program.
Top customer reviews
The book is based on the hilarious blog, "Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog." I admit to being a long-time, avid reader of the blog, and I think you'd be hard pressed to find a Chaucerian who is not. In addition to presenting the best of the blog entries, the book includes essays which put the blog in context.
The blog entries themselves are funny. Very funny. They "explore connections between Chaucer's literary and historical background and the obsessions of contemporary popular culture." Thus, travel to the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, Michigan, prompts our blogger to provide a list of pick up lines for one of the notorious wine socials sponsored by OVP (Oxford Vniversity Press). Or a spate of email spam triggers parodies with a pitch-perfect congruence of 21st- and 14th-century vices. Or the MLA--with its attendant job interviews, academic paper presentations, anxious graduate students, and pompous professors--becomes Margery Kempe's penitential destination while on one of her hapless pilgrimages.
Some might claim that GCHB relies too heavily on insider knowledge of the profession. Or that the Chaucer Blogger's universe--whether in the 14th or 21st century--is narrowly defined by the academic interests of late-medieval scholars. I would not. In fact, that is one of the book's virtues. It deflates many of the values we hold hear--and skewers the knowledge, skills, and activities that most have made great sacrifices to acquire. Moreover, much of the book's delight comes from the bi-cultural decoding each entry requires. For instance, Christine de Pizan opens her post chastising Geoffrey with "WTS!" To understand this exclamation, the reader has to be aware of the contemporary texting abbreviation, "WTF," and the Middle English word for sexual copulation, "swyve." Such tidbits are scattered throughout the posting, and all prompt cheerful glee.
If you have any interest in things medieval, you just might find this book the perfect antidote to whatever ails you.