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Medieval Character Generation: Sock Puppets, Catfish, Templates, and Rhetorical Reasoning in Chaucer

Date & time
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Jonathan Newman, Clif and Gail Smart Professor of English, Missouri State University


This event is free




Stephen Yeager


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Room LB 362

Wheel chair accessible


Woodcut by William Morris, from the Kelmscott Chaucer Woodcut by William Morris, from the Kelmscott Chaucer

This talk will explore processes of medieval character creation, as exemplified in Geoffrey Chaucer's works and particularly the Legend of Good Women, in dialogue with contemporary media and narrative techniques. The presentation will explore the influence of rhetorical education character development in medieval literature, viewing Chaucer as a part of a larger medieval tradition. Much like modern scriptwriters and content creators, Chaucer explored the tension between character types and personsae found in rhetorical and exemplary 'templates' and the particularity of lived experience. This exploration will draw parallels between the narrative strategies of the past and present, highlighting how medieval techniques of character generation resonate in today's media landscape, especially video game design and fan culture.


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