S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) English Language and Literature (영어영문학과) 영학논집(English Studies) 영학논집(English Studies) No.39 (2019)
정원과 침실 사이: 『캔터베리 이야기』 속 로맨스와 파블리오의 젠더와 공간
Gardens and Bedrooms: Gendered Spaces in Romances and Fabliaux of The Canterbury Tales
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- 서울대학교 인문대학 영어영문학과
- 영학논집, Vol.39, pp. 21-47
- This paper investigates how gardens and bedrooms, the epitomic spaces of romance and fabliau in Geoffrey Chaucers The Canterbury Tales, contend and interrelate with each other to construct the gendered dialogues of The Canterbury Tales. Romances and fabliaux commonly depict the misogynist reality, but their different attitudes towards it alter the way they spatially unfold the gender dynamics: romances tend to idealize the misogynist reality into a beautiful May garden, whereas fabliaux typically satirize it into an indecent bedroom. I examine how these places are designed, used, and mythologized according to the grammar of each genre, and how they structuralize the sense and mobility of the gendered subjects. Through this, I suggest that, between the two, the fabliau is more probable to allow a female subject to achieve a modicum of agency through spatial practices, not because it is inherently women-friendly, but because it distances and ironizes the traditional hierarchy and convention.