'In remembrance of his persone'

transhistorical empathy and the Chaucerian face

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From the earliest manuscript images through to cinematic depictions, Chaucer’s ‘persone’, that is his face and body, has been a key focus in the pursuit of transhistorical intimacy with the author. Chaucer’s physical self has been portrayed repeatedly across subsequent centuries in an array of media. Drawing upon the hermeneutic concept of Einfühlung (‘feeling into’) to examine the long ‘empathetic afterlife’ enjoyed by Chaucer’s ‘persone’, D’Arcens explores what Chaucer’s face and body have come to mean to post-medieval audiences; she traces how these differences intersect with the constantly changing nature of Chaucer’s legacy, especially as he and his work have been deemed to reflect national literary and comic traditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Chaucer across the centuries
Subtitle of host publicationessays for Stephanie Trigg
EditorsHelen M. Hickey, Anne McKendry, Melissa Raine
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781526129161
ISBN (Print)9781526129154
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameManchester Medieval Literature and Culture
PublisherManchester University Press

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    D'Arcens, L. (2018). 'In remembrance of his persone': transhistorical empathy and the Chaucerian face. In H. M. Hickey, A. McKendry, & M. Raine (Eds.), Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries: essays for Stephanie Trigg (pp. 201-217). (Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture; No. 24). Manchester: Manchester University Press. https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526129161.00019