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“Alway deynge and be not ded”: The Book of the Duchess and “The Pardoner’s Tale”

“Alway deynge and be not ded”: The Book of the Duchess and “The Pardoner’s Tale”

Chapter:
(p.85) Chapter Five “Alway deynge and be not ded”: The Book of the Duchess and “The Pardoner’s Tale”
Source:
Arts of Dying
Author(s):
D. Vance Smith
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226641041.003.0006

The Book of the Duchess and "The Pardoner's Tale" reflect the event of the Black Death in the figure of interminable dying, derived from the discourse of fin amor and Innocent III's De Miseria Condicionis Humane. The Book of the Duchess traces this facet of the impossibility of death in the dynamics of mnemotechnics; "The Pardoner's Tale" stages the problem of death as an interrogation of the allegorical figure of death itself.

Keywords:   Chaucer, Innocent III, memory, forgetting, plague, Black Death, allegory

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