Chaucer’s Gifts

Exchange and Value in the Canterbury Tales

Awdur(on): Robert Epstein

Iaith: Saesneg

Dosbarthiad(au): Beirniadaeth Lenyddol

Cyfres: New Century Chaucer

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‘In this major study, Robert Epstein expertly and nimbly draws on (and intervenes in) gift theory to overturn a long tradition of Canterbury Tales criticism, demonstrating that, for Chaucer, social relations were not inevitably structured by the market – and neither are they for us. In this way, Epstein not only provides a more profound appreciation for the imaginative scope of the Tales, but also a more expansive grasp of social possibilities for the present.’
-Robert Meyer-Lee, Agnes Scott College

‘Deploying a wide range of anthropological theory rarely put before literary critics and students, Chaucer’s Gifts unravels the critical assumption that The Canterbury Tales is dominated by the values of emerging Western commercialization. As an alternative, Epstein demonstrates how a more complex understanding of gift-exchange and social obligation is necessary to appreciate Chaucer’s many-sided perspective. This book is an important contribution to the growing number of studies reassessing late-medieval literature’s place in its economic settings, and an eloquent argument for using premodern literature to see in new ways the origins, paradoxes, and blindness of modern neo-liberal assumptions.’
–Professor Andrew Galloway, Cornell University


Introduction: Chaucer’s Commodities, Chaucer’s Gifts
1 The Franklin’s Potlatch and the Plowman’s Creed: The Gift
in the General Prologue
2 The Lack of Interest in the Shipman’s Tale: Chaucer and
the Social Theory of the Gift
3 Giving Evil: Excess and Equivalence in the Fabliau
4 The Exchange of Women and the Gender of the Gift
5 Sacred Commerce: Clerics, Money and the Economy of
6 ‘Fy on a thousand pound!’ Debt and the Possibility
of Generosity in the Franklin’s Tale

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