COMMode – Canonicty, Obscenity, and the Making of Modern Chaucer (1700-2020)

This marvellous project led by Professor Mary Flannery “investigates the dissemination and reception history of The Canterbury Tales in order to uncover answers about the origins of Chaucer’s modern fame as both canonical English author and a writer of obscene stories (i.e. stories that feature bawdy references to sex, bodily functions, or scatological language and content). Through our work on modern textual censorship and adaptation (1700-2020), we aim to reveal how Chaucerian obscenity has both complicated and reinforced the shape of the English literary canon both in the past and in the present.”

I am privileged to be a member of the advisory board for this prestigious project.

See here for further information: https://commode.hypotheses.org/