Chaucer, the Puppet Master: Role and Significance of Depiction in Festive Function


  • Nidhi Rajkumar University of Houston
  • Nidhi Rajkumar University of Houston


Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, Robyn the Miller, The Miller's Tale,


The idea of the puppet show where there is one puppet-master, telling tales from behind the puppets he is manipulating on strings seemed to reflect in Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales on so many levels. In this paper I look at the function of the Canterbury Tales from the functional role of Chaucer’s “puppets”, the pilgrims. As I look at the influences that shaped Chaucer as he constructed them, I also look at the various functions these constructs fulfilled. 

Author Biography

Nidhi Rajkumar, University of Houston

Nidhi Rajkumar is an internationally experienced creative professional with over 15 years of management, commercial, freelance and academic experience.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition and Pedagogy at the University of Houston.


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