â€œThe Syntax of Calculation: The Language of Thought and Threat in Troilus and Criseydeâ€
University of Houston: Clear Lake
fascinated by the modernism of the psychology
â€œfirst novel ever written in the world and the bestâ€
psychologically realistic poem is very modern
but it draws on medieval and classical literature
syntax use â€“to express thoughts and arguments
consistently displayed in particular ways by particular characters
analyzers, feelers, and manipulators
Chaucerâ€™s interest in the details of human conflict
may be our ideas of what is modern have older use
ex 1 (2.656-65)
weighs advantages of Padurasâ€™ suggestion that she love Troilus
pity to sleigh such a one if he were sincere
l. 656 she and multiple verbs
cast and rollâ€”valuing pubic rather than private
excellent prowess (warrior skills), renown, estate (status or social position)
Criseydeâ€™s state is often mentioned. it is precarious.
then personal = wit, good looks, kindness
she is calculating. She looks at his public and then his private view.
Boccaccioâ€™s list is mixed.
So Chaucerâ€™s differentiation is significant.
ex 2 (2.449-55)
Criseyde is about to die from fearâ€¦.
saw the earnestness and saw all right
She and coordinate verbs 450
each gives info she is looking at before she makes up her mind
also data for determination to see if she should attend the tryst
ex 3 (5.1023-29)
Should she accept Diomedes words to stay with the Greeks?
first his words then his estate
She is alone and had need of friendsâ€™ help.
Chaucer making a point that she is carefully weighing concerns.
She is calculating and so is the syntax of her thought
she is under siege
abandoned daughter of a traitor
many would like to burn the family
dependent on Hector for her safety
Chaucer emphasizes her precarious condition.
He gives her reason, thinking, and stopping before she speaks.