Chaucer's poetry and the new Boethianism

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Title: Chaucer's poetry and the new Boethianism
Author: Hunter, Brooke Marie
Abstract: My dissertation reexamines Chaucer’s debts to the Consolation by reconciling Boethius’s Neoplatonic distaste for the material world with Chaucer’s poetic celebrations of the variety and sensuality of human life . I revise the understanding of Chaucer’s poetry by recontextualizing it within a new Boethianism that stems from Chaucer’s interaction with the scholastic commentary on the Consolation by Nicholas Trevet . Although critics have long known that Chaucer’s Boece extensively borrows from , glosses , and cross references with Trevet’s commentary , very little attention has been given to what effect this had on Chaucer’s Boethian poetry . My dissertation argues that through Trevet’s immensely popular commentary , Chaucer received a predominantly Aristotelian -Thomist reading of the Consolation , one that reinvents Boethius’s Neoplatonic rejection of the sensual world as an apologetically materialist philosophy . The Aristotelian -Thomist influence of Trevet’s commentary is most visible in Chaucer’s treatment of the human interactions with the temporal world : in the functions of sense perception , the working of memory , and the desire to foresee the unknown future .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -08 -1569
Date: 2010-10-27

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Chaucer's poetry and the new Boethianism. Doctoral dissertation, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -08 -1569 .

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