‘Of Your Herte Up Casteth the Visage’: Turning Troilo/Troilus’s Eyes to God
By Jenny Lee
Hortulus: The Online Community for Graduate Students in Medieval Studies, Vol 3 (2007)
Abstract: This paper brings together two strands of criticism on Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde: the study of Chaucer’s use of the conventional medieval trope of the lover’s gaze and the arguments for the unified coherence of the poem that is anchored by the Christian ending. By comparing the trajectories of the lover’s gaze in Troilus and Boccaccio’s Il Filostrato, the author argues that the critically contentious ending emerges as the very culmination of its meaning.