Monday, April 1, 2019

Shifting Vocabularies
Sarah Novacich (Department of English, Rutgers University)
April 5, 2019
CUNY Graduate Center
Room 4406
Chaucer uses a large number of homophonic rhymes in the Book of the Duchess. The practice formally enacts the substitutions and confusions that occur at the level of plot. They also invite thinking about two traditions of medieval thought: a reveling in wordplay and repetition, but also a suspicion about how language works