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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lehr, Amanda Michelle
Author's Email Address amanda.m.lehr@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-06122014-123409
Title Schrödinger’s Box: Reliquary Embodiment and the Paradox of Chaucer’s Pardoner
Degree Master of Arts
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dr. Leah S. Marcus Committee Chair
Dr. Mark A. Wollaeger Committee Member
  • queer theory
  • The Canterbury Tales
Date of Defense 2018-05-31
Availability unrestricted
Among the sundry pilgrims traveling to Becket’s shrine in The Canterbury Tales, the Pardoner is one of Chaucer’s more memorable and fraught creations. Critics have attempted to make sense of his aggressive self-contradiction ─ with respect to both his slippery morals and effeminate, incoherent physical body ─ as allegory for a spiritual condition or as a set of sexual and humoral symptoms. I propose that, like the relics he carries, the Pardoner exists at the nexus of secular and spiritual meaning. Like the cat in Schrödinger’s thought experiment, he embodies seemingly irreconcilable conditions, giving physical substance to the text’s questions about the relationship between one’s intent and the material efficacy of one’s actions in the world.
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