The Economics of Waste in the Knight's Tale and Late Medieval England.

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  • Author(s): McKendry, Anne1 (AUTHOR)
  • Source:
    Exemplaria. Spring2020, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p32-50. 19p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      1381 Uprising
      Bataille
      Chaucer
      Economics of Waste
      Knight's Tale
      Medieval Sovereignty
      Richard II
    • Abstract:
      This article considers Chaucer's Knight's Tale through the framework of Georges Bataille's so-called "economics of waste." This framework suggests a new interpretation of the procession into Athens, led by Arcite and Palamon, and including two more of Theseus's regional rivals, the kings of Trace and India. Theseus responds to this incursion of power by undertaking a performance of unproductive expenditure; in other words, he eclipses the extravagant procession through the spectacular destruction of his own wealth. Theseus's wasteful exorbitance speaks to the political atmosphere of late-fourteenth-century London, and reflects the extravagance of Richard II's court and the calculated destruction of property by the 1381 rebels. Chaucer's response to this atmosphere of extravagance and destruction emerges in his poetry, and complicates reading the Knight's Tale's discourse of excess simply in terms of medieval romance tropes: Bataille's economics of waste framework transforms this discourse into a statement of medieval sovereign power. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1The University of Melbourne
    • Full Text Word Count:
      10478
    • ISSN:
      1041-2573
    • Accession Number:
      10.1080/10412573.2020.1743530
    • Accession Number:
      145199538
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MCKENDRY, A. The Economics of Waste in the Knight’s Tale and Late Medieval England. Exemplaria, [s. l.], v. 32, n. 1, p. 32–50, 2020. DOI 10.1080/10412573.2020.1743530. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=145199538. Acesso em: 31 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      McKendry A. The Economics of Waste in the Knight’s Tale and Late Medieval England. Exemplaria. 2020;32(1):32-50. doi:10.1080/10412573.2020.1743530
    • APA:
      McKendry, A. (2020). The Economics of Waste in the Knight’s Tale and Late Medieval England. Exemplaria, 32(1), 32–50. https://doi.org/10.1080/10412573.2020.1743530
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      McKendry, Anne. 2020. “The Economics of Waste in the Knight’s Tale and Late Medieval England.” Exemplaria 32 (1): 32–50. doi:10.1080/10412573.2020.1743530.
    • Harvard:
      McKendry, A. (2020) ‘The Economics of Waste in the Knight’s Tale and Late Medieval England’, Exemplaria, 32(1), pp. 32–50. doi: 10.1080/10412573.2020.1743530.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      McKendry, A 2020, ‘The Economics of Waste in the Knight’s Tale and Late Medieval England’, Exemplaria, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 32–50, viewed 31 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      McKendry, Anne. “The Economics of Waste in the Knight’s Tale and Late Medieval England.” Exemplaria, vol. 32, no. 1, Spring 2020, pp. 32–50. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/10412573.2020.1743530.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      McKendry, Anne. “The Economics of Waste in the Knight’s Tale and Late Medieval England.” Exemplaria 32, no. 1 (Spring 2020): 32–50. doi:10.1080/10412573.2020.1743530.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      McKendry A. The Economics of Waste in the Knight’s Tale and Late Medieval England. Exemplaria [Internet]. 2020 Spring [cited 2020 Oct 31];32(1):32–50. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=145199538