What a Masquerade!

Such excitement!  In a few short hours we pilgrims will all be revealing our trewe identities for all to see!  I know I am quite interested to see who a few of you are without the safety of your cloaks to protect you.  This Internette is quite the tool for allowing us to hide behind the cloak of invisibility and anonymity…

So what have my fellow pilgrims thought about their entry passes for our journey this week?  I know I have had a difficult time reimagining myself into the House of Fame.  Can you imagine, a Manciple meeting Lady Fama?  I think I would most likely be in the house of whirling twigs given all of the information I hear at work and all of my masters that I have *cough* tricked *cough* I mean assisted.

If only I were learned enough or ranked high enough to have been grasped by an eagle and taken on a trip between heaven and earth!  Goddes, it is so boring an lonely here making budgets and tracking expenses for a college.  If I were of high enough estaat I would ask that the Eagle take me on the same journey that Coustance took, from start to finish.  I would love to see the beauty and majesty of Rome; the inspiring tales from the East; the span of the Great Sea; and what my beloved Engelond looks like from above.

Interesting Bits From, New Approaches to Chaucer: Past and Present

As a man whose ears have heard many tales that tell of times past and their connection with the present, I have honestly not heard a single tale that delineates between past and present like, as Carolyn Dinshaw puts it, subtler historicism does.

She says that, “it would delineate the context in which Chaucer was writing, finding the terms in which he expressed concepts of violence, say, and would delineate our contexts and concepts as well; it would then chart the differences and similarities, finding analogies between approaches to violence in Chaucer’s time and our own” (273).

Often, the tales that are spoken in my lodge consist of past events that relate to the present in a way that seems more linear.

“In this case, feminist theory – positing structures of gender – would allow us to see not only analogies between the way the Wife of Bath approaches gender and the way journalists do but continuities in gender approaches between then and now: while we would acknowledge the differences between conditions and expectations for women in Chaucer’s day and in our own, we would trace a continuity of gender structures, in this instance misogyny (273).

I do not hinder the value of the past by wondering what the conditions were in that specific time. Morals are morals, even if the intended moral was not realized by the reader, it is still a moral learned! Dinshaw quotes Jonathan Culler when he says that “meaning is context-bound… but context is boundless,” and again she quotes Strohm, “texts are vauled not only for what they were but also for what they have become; they await retrospective illumination in new contexts.” Stories, books, and texts are always being read or told in the past, our’s sun’s light is eight minutes late when it reaches us! Our present is the past! So why not reference the past to learn of our “present?”

Fame and the Internette

Greetings Mr. Chaucer,

Many weeks have passed since we were last acquainted. Our pilgrimage to Canterberry proved to be a very enriching experience. This internette that you speak of has even made my tale accessible to patrons all around the world. I admire this Lady Fame you speak of–for if it was not for her no one would ever speak of me, The wife of Bath. Mr. Chaucer, surely you should not be surprised that your fame has withstood the tests of time, and it is only natural that you use this internette to practice your craft. I must advise that you caution yourself, for the internette can be full of many that take false personas or even pass off incomprehensible writing as actual literature. Although the internet can persevere ones legacy, it can also ruin ones reputation. Mr. Chaucer do not fall victims to the ladies that may send incising emails, for once you engage in questionable behavior, the internette will keep a permanent record of your misconduct. I wish you well with your future endeavors and be proud that your fame has grown to reach the heavens.

A Question for Mr. Chaucer

Forgive me, Mr. Chaucer, for bringing up such a couple of strange question, but there are a few things I have been wonderynge since we began our pilgrimmage and they are beginning to itch at my mind and so I must ask– I hope you will excuse my curiosity toward matters unrelated to our current reading.

I have read from a certain source (http://www.alchemylab.com/cannabis_stone4.htm) that sometimes references to the “Green Man” may have been made as secretive references to bhang or hashish.  Is there any possible truth to this?

Also, what was the status of cannabis in your time?  Would perhaps one of the pilgrims ever have considered lighting up a road doobie?   Was it used at all in England in Medieval times or was it still stuck in other regions?  Just curious….for no reason. 

Dear Geoffrey Chaucer,

I see you too have realize that the internet has become a dumping ground of all of earth’s dwellers. I also think that Fame has perhaps morphed from a lady covered with eyes, ears, and tongues to the internet the catch all for everyone’s opinions but I don’t know if I would classify the majority of internet information as “wisdom” so much as those young folk with great amounts of free time (they do not confess or go on pilgrimages, tisk tisk).

But, Dear Chaucer, your fame has grown quite large, it shows with all of your emails! You have many friends well versed in our Middle English and know many a thing about our customs and lives.

I see now from your blog that perhaps I, as a Friar, should utilize this “internet” for my own fame and purposes. Perhaps I shall set up an online confession blog where I can advise my peers on the go rather than spending so much time making home visits. Perhaps I will also set up an online donation area so that I may stay a friar and not suffer so much poverty.

Over all, good job, my good friend.

Good Afternoon Mr. Chaucer,

I agree that the internet is quite beneficial and it has definitely changed the way information is accessed. Even your own work is readily available on the internet with a simple Google search. Oh, have you heard about Google yet? Whenever you want to find something fast just Google it!

Your emails are bizarre to say the least but something a random email can spark one’s interest.Who knows a mail order bride may suit you and could be worth looking into. In that case, the second email regarding Augmentula could become of use to you as well.

I wish you the best with your travels on the wonderful World Wide Web! And the mail order bride if you decide to go in that direction.

God Bless


Dear Mr. Chaucer

Dear Mr. Chaucer,

I too have fed crumbs of bread to the pigeons around where I live.  I just love to see the flappy ones flock around me.  Ah Fame.

As for your very strange e-mails, I too get some e-mails that I call spam.  It makes me wonder why people send spam.  They are e-mails filled with useless information that I do not need.

You are avery brave man to be publishing e-mails that could come back to haunt you.  I wonder what the future holds for us as far as modern technology goes.

Did you ever in your widest dreams think that you, Mr. Chaucer, would be sending and receiving e-mails?  Some of your followers are quite odd.  Beware and be careful for the internet is a very scary place.  Farewell sir.