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Arts of DyingLiterature and Finitude in Medieval England$
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D. Vance Smith

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226640853

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226641041.001.0001

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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”

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(p.85) Chapter Five “Alway deynge and be not ded”: The Book of the Duchess and “The Pardoner’s Tale”
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Arts of Dying
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D. Vance Smith

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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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