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

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Mead, J, Reading by Said's Lantern: Orientalism and Chaucer's Treatise on the Astrolabe, Al-Masaq Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, 15, (1) pp. 77-82. ISSN 0950-3110 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/0950311032000078597

Abstract

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 "colour" of Chaucer's originary text of "Messahala, an Arabic astronomer, by religion a Jew", and against naturalising the Treatise as an "unmarked white" text. My argument is that there are cultural and political values at stake in Chaucer's pedagogical text. © 2003, Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Language studies
Research Field:English language
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Mead, J (Dr Jenna Mead)
ID Code:43980
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:2007-04-02
Last Modified:2011-09-20
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