Hateful Contraries in 'The Merchant's Tale'.

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  • Author(s): Fyler, John M.1,2
  • Source:
    Critical Survey. Summer2018, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p20-50. 31p.
  • Document Type:
    Literary Criticism
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      antiphrasis
      encomium
      equivocation
      irony
      rhetoric
      style
    • Abstract:
      Whether or not we choose to identify the narrator of 'The Merchant's Tale' as the Merchant described in the 'General Prologue', this narrative voice is certainly not Chaucer's own, and it augments the malignity of the tale it tells. The narrator attacks a naïve fool from a disenchanted perspective, but unwittingly reveals the continuing blindness within his own knowing stance. The tale debunks all the noble, even sacred ideals it presents, and characterizes them as foolishly innocent elevations of the spiritual in a world defined by the body in its grossest aspects. The narrator's rhetorical tropes, floridly presented and habitually misused, gesture towards a sordid reality that they pretend to gloss over. Yet despite itself, the tale implies a psychologically healthy middle ground outside the experience of the narrator or his characters, where body and soul, real and ideal, experience and innocence can meet. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Professor of English at Tufts University
      2Lecturer at the Bread Loaf School of English
    • ISSN:
      0011-1570
    • Accession Number:
      10.3167/cs.2018.300203
    • Accession Number:
      131541312
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      FYLER, J. M. Hateful Contraries in “The Merchant’s Tale”. Critical Survey, [s. l.], v. 30, n. 2, p. 20–50, 2018. DOI 10.3167/cs.2018.300203. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=131541312. Acesso em: 31 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Fyler JM. Hateful Contraries in “The Merchant’s Tale.” Critical Survey. 2018;30(2):20-50. doi:10.3167/cs.2018.300203
    • APA:
      Fyler, J. M. (2018). Hateful Contraries in “The Merchant’s Tale.” Critical Survey, 30(2), 20–50. https://doi.org/10.3167/cs.2018.300203
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Fyler, John M. 2018. “Hateful Contraries in ‘The Merchant’s Tale.’” Critical Survey 30 (2): 20–50. doi:10.3167/cs.2018.300203.
    • Harvard:
      Fyler, J. M. (2018) ‘Hateful Contraries in “The Merchant’s Tale”’, Critical Survey, 30(2), pp. 20–50. doi: 10.3167/cs.2018.300203.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Fyler, JM 2018, ‘Hateful Contraries in “The Merchant’s Tale”’, Critical Survey, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 20–50, viewed 31 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Fyler, John M. “Hateful Contraries in ‘The Merchant’s Tale.’” Critical Survey, vol. 30, no. 2, Summer 2018, pp. 20–50. EBSCOhost, doi:10.3167/cs.2018.300203.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Fyler, John M. “Hateful Contraries in ‘The Merchant’s Tale.’” Critical Survey 30, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 20–50. doi:10.3167/cs.2018.300203.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Fyler JM. Hateful Contraries in “The Merchant’s Tale.” Critical Survey [Internet]. 2018 Summer [cited 2020 Oct 31];30(2):20–50. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=131541312