"Love that oughte ben secree": Secrecy and Alternate Endings in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde.

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  • Author(s): Taff, Dyani Johns1
  • Source:
    Studies in Philology. Fall2019, Vol. 116 Issue 4, p617-639. 23p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      This article examines the power dynamics of erotic secret-keeping and revelation in Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde. Chaucer uses competing discourses of secrecy (fin'amors, romance, fabliau , and epic history) in order to draw attention to the fantasies in which his characters—and by implication his readers—indulge about alternative actions within and endings for the narrative. While the critical discussion of power and the play of genres in the poem has been robust, scholars have paid less attention to secrecy in Troilus and Criseyde as it underpins Chaucer's representations of power and use of genres. I argue that the power dynamics of secrecy not only structure the characters' competing bids for narrative control but also enable Chaucer's audiences to examine our own impulses and fantasies as we interpret the poem. Discourses of secrecy prompt a consideration of the partial nature of knowledge and show Chaucer grappling with two questions about knowledge and narrative: how do we know what we know about the stories we read, and how does that knowing influence our reading? Chaucer's characters ask versions of these questions, inviting audiences to ask them as well. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Ithaca College
    • Full Text Word Count:
      10269
    • ISSN:
      0039-3738
    • Accession Number:
      10.1353/sip.2019.0025
    • Accession Number:
      139113680
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      TAFF, D. J. “Love that oughte ben secree”: Secrecy and Alternate Endings in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. Studies in Philology, [s. l.], v. 116, n. 4, p. 617–639, 2019. DOI 10.1353/sip.2019.0025. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=139113680. Acesso em: 20 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Taff DJ. “Love that oughte ben secree”: Secrecy and Alternate Endings in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. Studies in Philology. 2019;116(4):617-639. doi:10.1353/sip.2019.0025
    • APA:
      Taff, D. J. (2019). “Love that oughte ben secree”: Secrecy and Alternate Endings in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. Studies in Philology, 116(4), 617–639. https://doi.org/10.1353/sip.2019.0025
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Taff, Dyani Johns. 2019. “‘Love That Oughte Ben Secree’: Secrecy and Alternate Endings in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde.” Studies in Philology 116 (4): 617–39. doi:10.1353/sip.2019.0025.
    • Harvard:
      Taff, D. J. (2019) ‘“Love that oughte ben secree”: Secrecy and Alternate Endings in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde’, Studies in Philology, 116(4), pp. 617–639. doi: 10.1353/sip.2019.0025.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Taff, DJ 2019, ‘“Love that oughte ben secree”: Secrecy and Alternate Endings in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde’, Studies in Philology, vol. 116, no. 4, pp. 617–639, viewed 20 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Taff, Dyani Johns. “‘Love That Oughte Ben Secree’: Secrecy and Alternate Endings in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde.” Studies in Philology, vol. 116, no. 4, Fall 2019, pp. 617–639. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1353/sip.2019.0025.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Taff, Dyani Johns. “‘Love That Oughte Ben Secree’: Secrecy and Alternate Endings in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde.” Studies in Philology 116, no. 4 (Fall 2019): 617–39. doi:10.1353/sip.2019.0025.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Taff DJ. “Love that oughte ben secree”: Secrecy and Alternate Endings in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. Studies in Philology [Internet]. 2019 Fall [cited 2020 Oct 20];116(4):617–39. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=139113680