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By J. Allan Mitchell

Why do medieval writers often utilize exemplary rhetoric? How does it paintings, and what are its moral and poetical values? And if Chaucer and Gower needs to be obvious as vigorously subverting it, then why do they persist in utilizing it? Borrowing from fresh advancements in moral feedback and conception, this publication addresses such questions by means of reconstructing a past due medieval cause for the ethics of exemplary narrative. the writer argues that Chaucer's Canterbury stories and Gower's Confessio Amantis attest to the energy of a story - instead of strictly normative - ethics that has roots in premodern traditions of sensible cause and rhetoric. Chaucer and Gower are proven to be inheritors and respecters of an early and unforeseen kind of moral pragmatism - which has profound implications for the orthodox background of ethics within the West. Recipient of the 2008 John H. Fisher Award for major contribution to the sector of Gower reviews. Dr J. ALLAN MITCHELL teaches within the division of English, college of Victoria.

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