Chaucerotics pp 289-302 | Cite as

Conclusion: Uncloaking the Language of Sex in The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde

  • Geoffrey W. Gust
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


In the Conclusion to his book, Gust uses material from Book Five of Troilus and Criseyde to drive home the argument that there are distinct strands of historical connection between pre- and post-modern pornographic artistry. As Gust illustrates throughout his study, the sexually suggestive language used by Geoffrey Chaucer evidently carried with it an erotic charge that could stimulate and sexually titillate various literary audiences in late medieval England. In sum, the notion of Chaucerotics is shown to be a useful theoretical concept that brings to light that certain sections of Chaucer’s writing did carry pornographic possibilities to his medieval audience, while scholarly readers—past and present—have too often undersold the erotic potential of Chaucerian sex in The Canterbury Tales and beyond.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey W. Gust
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  1. 1.School of General StudiesStockton UniversityGallowayUSA

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