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dc.contributor.advisorMarshall, Simone Celine
dc.contributor.authorConnor, Rachel Elizabeth
dc.date.available2019-01-20T21:10:17Z
dc.date.copyright2019
dc.identifier.citationConnor, R. E. (2019). ‘Troy’ and ‘Trouthe’ in the Troilus and Criseyde stories of Chaucer, Henryson, and Shakespeare (Thesis, Master of Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/8787en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/8787
dc.description.abstractThe story of Troilus and Criseyde constitutes a metanarrative. This thesis is concerned with versions of the story written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Robert Henryson, and William Shakespeare. In these three tellings, characters in the texts are aware of the metanarrative. I show how the authors demonstrate this awareness in their characters, and how the metanarrative is represented and re-embodied, in the Troilus and Criseyde figures in each telling, and in the tokens they use. The thesis examines ways in which the concept of ‘trouthe,’ that is, fidelity, truth, and sound judgement, is made problematic in all three tellings. In portraying Troilus and Criseyde and their relationship, the authors draw on the idea of a ‘trouthe’ which is destabilised in the course of the love story. This unstable ‘trouthe’ in turn contributes to the reputation of Troilus and Criseyde, which is a component of the metanarrative. In this way, information about ‘trouthe’ is drawn from and contributes to the metanarrative. I show how unstable ‘trouthe’ is paired with the changing and inherently unstable status of Troy. I propose that there is a figurative ‘Troy,’ which can only be inhabited by Troilus and Criseyde when their relationship is marked by a state of ‘trouthe’ and joy. Transactions using love tokens demonstrate the failure of ‘trouthe’ between Troilus and Criseyde. Characters in the three tellings read this failure in tokens and in body language. The repeated failure of ‘trouthe’ affects the status of ‘Troy.’
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dc.subjectTroilus and Criseyde
dc.subjectTestament of Cresseid
dc.subjectTroilus and Cressida
dc.subjectTroilus
dc.subjectCriseyde
dc.subjectCresseid
dc.subjectCressida
dc.subjectChaucer
dc.subjectHenryson
dc.subjectShakespeare
dc.subjecttestament
dc.subjectmedieval
dc.subjectearly modern
dc.subjectmemorial
dc.subjecttokens
dc.subjecttransactions
dc.subjectTroy
dc.subjecttrouthe
dc.subjecttruth
dc.subjectDiomede
dc.subjectDiomeid
dc.subjectDiomed
dc.subjectreputation
dc.subjectrouthe
dc.subjectjoy
dc.subjectparades
dc.subjectrecognition
dc.subjectjudgement
dc.subjectmeeting
dc.subjectleprosy
dc.subjecttext
dc.subjectcommodity value
dc.subjectexchange
dc.subjectprocession
dc.subjectransom
dc.subjectbody language
dc.subjectvows
dc.subjectseparation
dc.title‘Troy’ and ‘Trouthe’ in the Troilus and Criseyde stories of Chaucer, Henryson, and Shakespeare
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2019-01-20T20:50:20Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineDepartment of English and Linguistics
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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