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Ardis Butterfield

Ardis Butterfield's interest in the medieval city developed through teaching on the London in Literature Course in the English Department. This, and a London Chaucer conference on 'Cities, Courts and Provinces' which she co-organised in 2002, led to an edited volume of essays called Chaucer and the City (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2006). She wrote the introductory essay on 'Chaucer and the Detritus of the City' which considers Chaucer's role as an iconic London poet by means of contemporary art and music, Walter Benjamin and Michel de Certeau. One of her current projects is to complete a biography of Chaucer, Chaucer: A London Life (London: I.B. Tauris, forthcoming) which explores his life and poetry in the dynamic international setting of medieval London and Westminster.

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