Chaucer and the Theory Wars: Attack of the Historicists? The Psychoanalysts Strike Back? Or a New Hope?

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This essay surveys recent exchanges between historicism and psychoanalysis in the criticism of Chaucer’s poetry. Some of these exchanges have been heated. In some accounts the differences appear irreconcilable. However, other accounts suggest that historicism and psychoanalysis share much common ground.

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