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Unlocked doors: Geoffrey Chaucer's writing rooms and Elizabeth Chaucer's nunnery

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In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf asserts that, “a lock on the door means the power to think for oneself” as part of her powerful argument that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” Literal physical separation from others is connected with mental independence. Demonstrating a similar understanding of the parallels between the self and the room, Lakoff and Johnson argue that “container” metaphors are ontological. They write that people are “bounded a...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1353/sac.2018.0014

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
English Faculty
Oxford college:
Jesus College
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Author
Publisher:
New Chaucer Society
Journal:
Studies in the Age of Chaucer More from this journal
Volume:
40
Issue:
1
Pages:
423434
Publication date:
2018-12-22
Acceptance date:
2017-10-02
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EISSN:
1949-0755
ISSN:
0190-2407
Pubs id:
pubs:747037
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uuid:09bdb854-3d0d-45e2-a03e-2515708fcdf8
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pubs:747037
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747037
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2017-11-20

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