By Elizabeth Scala
Absent Narratives, Manuscript Textuality, and Literary constitution in overdue Medieval England is a publication in regards to the defining distinction among medieval and smooth tales. In chapters dedicated to the main writers of the past due medieval period--Chaucer, Gower, the Gawain-poet and Malory--it provides after which analyzes a collection of targeted and neglected phenomena in medieval narrative, particularly the continual visual appeal of lacking tales: tales implied, alluded to, or fragmented through a bigger narrative. faraway from being trivial digressions or passing curiosities, those "absent narratives" turn out relevant to the way in which those medieval works functionality and to why they've got affected readers particularly methods. commonly unseen, overlooked, or defined away by means of critics, absent narratives provide a worthwhile new approach for examining medieval texts and the traditionally particular textual tradition during which they have been written.
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The narrator does not simply state the conditions of the past but performs the act of locating those desires in the past, leaving them behind (“left”). However, it is precisely the extent to which they have not been left, to which things are not done, that enables the fiction(s) here—insomnia, reading, dreaming. For all the disavowals (passing over, being done, being left, doing without), the expressed desire for closure is rooted in an implicit continuation and sustaining of the story disavowed.
76 For instance, the gap in the beginning of the Book of the Duchess is invisible due to loss of leaves, which is confirmed by a similarly invisible gap in the corresponding part of the gathering on which the Parliament of Fowls was copied. The missing leaf would have preserved only seven more lines and then a blank to the next recto. The evidence of the manuscript as it stands offers a way of understanding how it presented (or occluded) its gap in the Duchess. A missing line in Chaucer’s prologue to the Legend of Good Women is flagged for the reader on 54v.
Because the texts to be discussed have long critical histories, my chapters will trace the path of such reading practices and read out from them as well. This reading out analyzes as well as summarizes these critical histories as they effectively remember and misremember their texts. According to Freud, the unconscious is formed by repression: a ground of forgetting. One cannot simply “say” what has retreated there; the retreat itself can be traced, however, and it is this movement that psychoanalysis (and my deployment of it) seeks to uncover.