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JOE SMITH

I am investigating Chaucer’s philosophy of language as expressed in the Pardoner’s Tale, the Tale of Melibee, the Nun’s Priest’s Tale, and the House of Fame. I am also examining the influence of the burgeoning Lollard movement on Chaucer’s philosophical thought. Specifically, I am concerned with how the Canterbury Tales argues against the alienation of individuals from the objects of their work. I am also exploring how Chaucer’s poetry interrogates the authority of the church, questioning its custodianship of relics and refusal to translate the Vulgate into English. My faculty mentor is Dr. Kathryn McKinley.