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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 829: Conduct, Con Jobs, and the Structures of Everyday Life in Middle English

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Andrew Galloway, Department of English, Cornell University
Paper 829-aThe Importance of Peter Idley's Social Career to His Text, Instructions to his Son
(Language: English)
Yoshinobu Kudo, Department of English Language & Literature, Kanazawa Gakuin University
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Social History
Paper 829-bChaucer and the Art of the Grift
(Language: English)
Kathryn Laity, Department of English, College of Saint Rose, New York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Rhetoric

Paper -a:
Abstract withheld

Paper -b:
'Of all the grifters, the confidence man is the aristocrat', David Maurer wrote in his linguistic study The Big Con. Chaucer's Canon's Yeoman's Tale offers a narrative of crime. As in his fabliaux there's a delight in the spinning of the yarn even while he deplores the deception. Nonetheless, I will argue that Chaucer reveals a grifter's appreciation for the aristocratic con because he recognises it shares the same engine as his poetry: the power of a good story.