Fear in Literature Pre-Twentieth-Century Literature - Essay

Pre-Twentieth-Century Literature

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Elizabeth R. Hatcher

SOURCE: "Chaucer and the Psychology of Fear: Troilus in Book V," in ELH, Vol. 40, No. 3, Fall, 1973, pp. 307-24.

[In the following essay, Hatcher discusses Chaucer's realistic presentation of Troilus's anxiety over Criseyde's infidelity in Book V of Troilus and Criseyde through comparison with a parallel passage in Boccaccio's Il Filostrato.]

If… fear increases so much as to disturb the reason, it hinders action even on the part of the soul. But of such a fear the Apostle did not speak.

—St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica1


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