A Charitable and Pitous Conscience': The Queer Prioress and Her Pets

SEP 19, 2014 | 4:00 PM

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WHERE:

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue

ROOM:

4406: English Student Lounge

WHEN:

September 19, 2014: 4:00 PM

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ADMISSION:

Free

Description

Chaucer's Prioress is a notorious dog-lover and antisemite, reviled for the latter and pitied for the former. Her strange affections and violent exclusions, so often an embarrassment to the critics, should not be explained away or brushed aside. Rather, her attachments should be maintained in their strangeness and repugnance as a challenge both to the community established by the Canterbury pilgrims and to communities in general.