String Theory and 'The Man of Law's Tale': Where Is Constancy?

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  • Author(s): Quinn, William A.1
  • Source:
    Critical Survey. Winter2017, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p48-64. 17p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      accident
      authority
      determinism
      explication
      fragment
      fraud
      indeterminacy
      oratory
    • Abstract:
      Chaucer's 'The Man of Law's Tale' is mostly about Custance's wanderings to Rome's far east, then to the far west, then back again. The narrator's Ptolemaic universe was thought to have a still centre, but neither this specific tale nor the Tales as a whole seems reducible to a single interpretive order. Too many thematic and tonal threads pull in too many directions, as if this tale's cosmos presumes some medieval anticipation of the current, highly speculative 'String Theory' which admits the possibility of a multiverse in which numerous concurrent realities (of reader-responses) can coexist. The question remains whether so many divergent interpretive threads can be spliced together into one 'Theory of Everything'. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Distinguished Professor of English and former Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Arkansas
    • ISSN:
      0011-1570
    • Accession Number:
      10.3167/cs.2017.290305
    • Accession Number:
      126382118
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      QUINN, W. A. String Theory and “The Man of Law’s Tale”: Where Is Constancy? Critical Survey, [s. l.], v. 29, n. 3, p. 48–64, 2017. DOI 10.3167/cs.2017.290305. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=126382118. Acesso em: 31 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Quinn WA. String Theory and “The Man of Law’s Tale”: Where Is Constancy? Critical Survey. 2017;29(3):48-64. doi:10.3167/cs.2017.290305
    • APA:
      Quinn, W. A. (2017). String Theory and “The Man of Law’s Tale”: Where Is Constancy? Critical Survey, 29(3), 48–64. https://doi.org/10.3167/cs.2017.290305
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Quinn, William A. 2017. “String Theory and ‘The Man of Law’s Tale’: Where Is Constancy?” Critical Survey 29 (3): 48–64. doi:10.3167/cs.2017.290305.
    • Harvard:
      Quinn, W. A. (2017) ‘String Theory and “The Man of Law’s Tale”: Where Is Constancy?’, Critical Survey, 29(3), pp. 48–64. doi: 10.3167/cs.2017.290305.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Quinn, WA 2017, ‘String Theory and “The Man of Law’s Tale”: Where Is Constancy?’, Critical Survey, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 48–64, viewed 31 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Quinn, William A. “String Theory and ‘The Man of Law’s Tale’: Where Is Constancy?” Critical Survey, vol. 29, no. 3, Winter 2017, pp. 48–64. EBSCOhost, doi:10.3167/cs.2017.290305.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Quinn, William A. “String Theory and ‘The Man of Law’s Tale’: Where Is Constancy?” Critical Survey 29, no. 3 (Winter 2017): 48–64. doi:10.3167/cs.2017.290305.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Quinn WA. String Theory and “The Man of Law’s Tale”: Where Is Constancy? Critical Survey [Internet]. 2017 Winter [cited 2020 Oct 31];29(3):48–64. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=126382118