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Chaucer's narrators and audiences

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Abstract

Chaucer's narrator-persona has been a central theme in Chaucerian scholarship; the persona has traditionally been seen as a mask behind which the poet hides. Within this essay it is argued that the narrators of the<i>Book of the Duchess</i>and<i>House of Fame</i>are a type of social mask, and that by rhetorically employing and manipulating the social dynamic between himself and his real-world audience, Chaucer produces a narrator figure which will influence how his contemporary audience would perceive the poet outside the fictional world of the text.

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