Ethics, Antisemitism and The Prioress's Tale: A Reparative Approach.

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  • Author(s): Petracca, Eugene Anthony1 (AUTHOR)
  • Source:
    Exemplaria. Winter2019, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p293-314. 22p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      antisemitism
      ethics
      Geoffrey Chaucer
      Law
      psychoanalysis
      reparative reading
      The Prioress's Tale
    • Abstract:
      Responding to debates about "the way we read now," I propose a reparative reading of Chaucer's Prioress's Tale: a text that, as an antisemitic child-murder narrative from the Middle Ages, offers special interpretive and ethical problems. I seek to demonstrate the usefulness of psychoanalytic concepts as uniquely capable of effecting progress in the face of aporia. My reading reveals the tale to be "about" its own ethical failure: a failure that coincides with its attempt to dispense with the figure of "the Jew," here formulated in relation to the necessity of submitting to moral Law. Drawing on the psychoanalytic theory of Klein and Freud, on Kantian ethics, and on Fackenheim's understanding of tikkun, my reading focuses on the tale's prologue and conclusion, as well as the link between the child's miraculous singing and the grain that is placed in his mouth by the Virgin Mary. I also discuss the tale's major intertexts: Psalm 8, the "Alma redemptoris mater," and to a lesser extent the opening of Dante's Paradiso 33. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Columbia University
    • ISSN:
      1041-2573
    • Accession Number:
      10.1080/10412573.2019.1696058
    • Accession Number:
      141935420
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      PETRACCA, E. A. Ethics, Antisemitism and The Prioress’s Tale: A Reparative Approach. Exemplaria, [s. l.], v. 31, n. 4, p. 293–314, 2019. DOI 10.1080/10412573.2019.1696058. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=141935420. Acesso em: 26 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Petracca EA. Ethics, Antisemitism and The Prioress’s Tale: A Reparative Approach. Exemplaria. 2019;31(4):293-314. doi:10.1080/10412573.2019.1696058
    • APA:
      Petracca, E. A. (2019). Ethics, Antisemitism and The Prioress’s Tale: A Reparative Approach. Exemplaria, 31(4), 293–314. https://doi.org/10.1080/10412573.2019.1696058
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Petracca, Eugene Anthony. 2019. “Ethics, Antisemitism and The Prioress’s Tale: A Reparative Approach.” Exemplaria 31 (4): 293–314. doi:10.1080/10412573.2019.1696058.
    • Harvard:
      Petracca, E. A. (2019) ‘Ethics, Antisemitism and The Prioress’s Tale: A Reparative Approach’, Exemplaria, 31(4), pp. 293–314. doi: 10.1080/10412573.2019.1696058.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Petracca, EA 2019, ‘Ethics, Antisemitism and The Prioress’s Tale: A Reparative Approach’, Exemplaria, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 293–314, viewed 26 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Petracca, Eugene Anthony. “Ethics, Antisemitism and The Prioress’s Tale: A Reparative Approach.” Exemplaria, vol. 31, no. 4, Winter 2019, pp. 293–314. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/10412573.2019.1696058.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Petracca, Eugene Anthony. “Ethics, Antisemitism and The Prioress’s Tale: A Reparative Approach.” Exemplaria 31, no. 4 (Winter 2019): 293–314. doi:10.1080/10412573.2019.1696058.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Petracca EA. Ethics, Antisemitism and The Prioress’s Tale: A Reparative Approach. Exemplaria [Internet]. 2019 Winter [cited 2020 Oct 26];31(4):293–314. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=141935420