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Chapter 3: Gender and Social Hierarchy

Crane, Susan

This chapter looks at how gender inequity can intersect with, repeat, and clarify inequities of social rank and authority that might seem independent of gender. The social hierarchy, as conceived in estates literature, frames and motivates tale-telling from the General Prologue onward. Certain ideological contiguities between estates literature and romance invite in this chapter more consideration than in other chapters of Chaucer's diversely positioned narrators in relation to their tales.

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Gender and Romance in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
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Princeton University Press

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English and Comparative Literature
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December 8, 2009