Chaucer’s Tears

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Interpretation of the many instances of weeping by Chaucer’s characters is a key aspect of understanding his works. This article explores the relevance of models provided by tears in devotional contexts for viewing tears not simply as a corporeal symptom of emotion but as a mode of discourse that is as potent as it is paradoxical: both outward and inward, involuntary and applied, and forming a distinctive voice between passive and active.

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Barry Windeatt is Fellow and Keeper of Rare Books at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Recent publications include a parallel-text edition of the short and long texts of Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love (Oxford University Press, 2016) and a new translation of both texts (Oxford World’s Classics, 2015).


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