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Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   The Postcolonial "Knight's Tale": A Social Commentary on Post-Norman Invasion England
Author:   Ruth Margaret Elizabeth Oldman
College:   Liberal Arts
Degree Program:   English, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Dr. Gwenyth Hood
Document Availability:   Access restricted to Marshall University Campus and authenticated users.
Date of Defense:   04/23/2010

Every author injects a purpose into his or her works; in Chaucer's case, he scribed The Canterbury Tales, which tackles and successfully demonstrates various aspects to fourteenth-century English society and culture. "The Knight's Tale" is no different; the tale is almost identical, plot-wise, to Giovanni Boccaccio's Teseida, and yet Chaucer weaves a tale that is distinctive. The tale reflects Chaucer's views on his society, in particular post-Norman attitudes. By examining the text with a post-colonial theoretical approach, Chaucer's "The Knight's Tale" is a subaltern commentary on the colonization of England after the Norman Conquest. 

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