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1999). No doubt the initial focus on Chaucer’s negotiations with authority, appearing from so many directions, may be traced, if partly and indirectly, to the work of Michel Foucault, whose arguments for the pervasiveness of social power, defining both artistic and ‘natural’ aspects of identity and social life via the comprehensive notion of ‘discourse’, and especially ‘authorship’, were widely influential on scholars of Renaissance literarature and helped put the topic of ‘authority’ in the air.

Paul G. : University of Oklahoma Press, 1979), pp. xvii– xviii. References and Further Reading Brewer, Derek S. (1966) ‘Images of Chaucer 1386–1900’, in Chaucer and Chaucerians: Critical Studies in Middle English Literature, ed. Derek S. : University of Alabama Press; London: Nelson), 240–70. A succinct and elegant overview of the history of Chaucer’s reputation. —— (1997) ‘Modernising the medieval eighteenth-century translations of Chaucer’, in The Middle Ages after the Middle Ages in the EnglishSpeaking World, ed.

O stormy peple! ’ by the narrator of the Clerk’s Tale [995; fo. 99v], and many others). ’ A compiler’s role had by the fourteenth century been carefully defined as subordinate to an auctor’s (a Latin work on astrology written for King Richard II asserts the distinction, and Latin encyclopedists such as Vincent of Beauvais and historians such as Ranulph Higden imply it): yet it has a certain authority (Minnis 1984: 94–103, 190–210; Wogan-Browne et al. 1999: 61–72). Moses was said to have in part ‘compiled’ the Pentateuch; and Ranulph Higden presents his role as compiler in surprisingly grandiloquent terms.

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