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Structure des modes pathétique et ironique dans le conte et le portrait de la Prieure

Abstract : This article attempts to contrast Chaucer's use of pathos in the Prioress's Tale with the irony of the Prioress's portrait in the Canterbury Tales. Irony and pathos are seen as two literary modes, which, unlike genres, function independently of narrative forms or thematic motifs. These modes work to provoke the reader's pity or detachment and thus depend on the relationship that the narrator establishes with the implied reader. For modern readers who may be disoriented by an aesthetic perceived as odd or naïve, this comparison of these two Chaucerian texts in terms of these contrasting modes aims at reconstructing the literary and social codes to which the writer implicitly refers.
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Wendy Harding. Structure des modes pathétique et ironique dans le conte et le portrait de la Prieure. Bulletin des Anglicistes Médiévistes, Association des médiévistes anglicistes de l'enseignement supérieur, Amiens, 1993, 43, pp.726-740. ⟨hal-00721235⟩



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