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A Companion to Gower

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Chaucer, Gower and Lydgate were the three poets of their time considered to have founded the English poetic tradition. Gower, like Lydgate, eventually fell victim to changing tastes but is now enjoying renewed scholarly attention. Current work in manuscript studies, linguistic studies, vernacularity, translation, politics, and the contexts of literary production has found a rich source in Gower's trilingual, learned, and politically engaged corpus. This Companion to Gower offers essays by scholars from Britain and North America, covering Gower's works in all three of his languages; they consider his relationships to his literary sources, and to his social, material and historical contexts; and they offer an overview of the manuscript, linguistic, and editorial traditions. Five essays concentrate specifically on the Confessio Amantis, Gower's major Middle English work, reading it in terms of its relationship to vernacular and classical models, its poetic style, and its treatment of such themes as politics, kingship, gender, sexuality, authority, authorship and self-governance. A reference bibliography, arranged as a chronology of criticism, concludes the volume.
Contributors J.A. BURROW, ARDIS BUTTERFIELD, NATHALIE COHEN, E.H. COOPER, SIAN ECHARD, ROBERT EPSTEIN, JOHN HINES, EDWARD MOORE, DEREK PEARSALL, RUSSELL PECK, A.G. RIGG, SIMON ROFFEY, JEREMY J. SMITH, DIANE WATT, WINTHROP WETHERBEE, ROBERT F. YEAGER.
SIAN ECHARD is associate professor, Department of English, University of British Columbia.
The Companion can serve as an introduction to Gower and his works for the advanced undergraduate or graduate student, and the essays will also be of interest to experts in Middle English studies and in Gower.

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A welcome addition to the shelf of essay collections on Gower, in large part because of its scope. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY
The reader will come away with an enriched sense of Gower's true place in the history of English literature.... Eminently readable...Highly Recommended. CHOICE A place to begin work on this poet, to consider and reconsider his considerable achievement - processes which are facilitated by the helpful chronology of Gower criticism appended to this book. NOTES & QUERIES

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First Published: 15 Dec 2005
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843840008
Pages: 272
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer
Subject: Medieval Literature
BIC Class: DSBB

Details updated on 26 Oct 2014

Contents

  • 1  Iohannes Gower, Armiger, Poeta: Records and Memorials of his Life and Death [with Nathalie Cohen and Simon Roffey]
  • 2  Iohannes Gower, Armiger, Poeta: Records and Memorials of his Life and Death [with John Hines and Nathalie Cohen]
  • 3  Iohannes Gower, Armiger, Poeta: Records and Memorials of his Life and Death [with John Hines and Simon Roffey]
  • 4  London, Southwark, Westminster: Gower's Urban Contexts
  • 5  John Gower and London English
  • 6  The Manuscripts and Illustrations of Gower's Work
  • 7  Gower after the Middle Ages I: 'This worthy olde writer': Pericles and other Gowers, 1592-1640
  • 8  Gower after the Middle Ages II: Gower in print
  • 9  The French Works: John Gower's French
  • 10  The Latin Works: Politics, Lament and Praise [with Ted Moore]
  • 11  The Latin Works: Politics, Lament and Praise [with A.G. Rigg]
  • 12  The Confessio and the French Tradition
  • 13  Classical and Boethian Tradition in the Confessio Amantis
  • 14  Gender and Sexuality in Confessio Amantis
  • 15  The Politics and Psychology of Governance in Gower: Ideas of Kingship and Real Kings
  • 16  Gower's Poetic Styles