One and (An)other: Becoming (Space)jectivity in the "Canterbury Tales"
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At odds with our modern understanding of what subjectivity is, the idea of medieval subjectivity is itself nebulous and suspicious. In the name of Christianity and Feudalism, medieval subjectivity is usually considered as imaginary, collective, and self-less, which serves as a contrast with the successive celebrations of individualism in the Renaissance. A binary system is coming into shape instantly: which defines and makes us believe that the idea of individualism does not exist in the Middle Ages. It is by questioning the logic of this binarism that I embark on my journey in search of a subject in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales . Therefore, in this project, I intend to theorize a framework for medieval subjectivity based on a self-other paradigm: how does the Subject acknowledge its existence at the presence of an Other, and how this paradigm could be expanded into different dimensions-- from the personal, to the social, and to the global--and how the Other becomes the fundamental and irreducible element in the process of self-construction. Moreover, by analyzing the evolving process of subjectivity, I intend to bring the idea of space to the foreground of my project, through which I am endorsing a perspective that simultaneously compounds the formation of selfhood with space. By hinting at a spatialized model of subjectivity, I not only wish to exonerate the self-less sin of medieval subjectivity but to demonstrate how the medieval subject is constantly complemented and circumscribed by space.