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Reading by Said's Lantern: Orientalism and Chaucer's Treatise on the Astrolabe


Mead, J, Reading by Said's Lantern: Orientalism and Chaucer's Treatise on the Astrolabe, Medieval Encounters: A Journal of Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue, 5, (3) pp. 350-357. ISSN 1380-7854 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1163/157006799X00123


This paper takes Edward Said's foundational critique of western discourses of knowledge about the orient as a way of intervening in the tradition of reading Chaucer's only scientific text, The Treatise on the Astrolabe. I argue for recognizing the 'color' of Chaucer's originary text of 'Messahala, an Arabian astronomer, by religion a Jew', and against naturalizing the Treatise as an 'unmarked white' text. My argument is that there are cultural and political values at stake in Chaucer's pedagogical text. © 1999 Brill.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Stylistics and textual analysis
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Mead, J (Dr Jenna Mead)
ID Code:19389
Year Published:1999
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-05-31

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