Academic journal article Parergon

Urban, Malte, Ed., John Gower: Manuscripts, Readers, Contexts

Academic journal article Parergon

Urban, Malte, Ed., John Gower: Manuscripts, Readers, Contexts

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Urban, Malte, ed., John Gowei: Manuscripts, Readers, Contexts (Disputatio 13), Turnhout, Brepols, 2009; hardback, pp. xii, 242; 15 b/w illustrations; R.R.P. 60.00 [euro]; ISBN 9782503524702.

The nine studies included in this eclectic collection are presented in three sections. Part I, 'Manuscripts, Material, and Translation', includes essays by Russell A. Peck on the mise en scene of the act of reading in Confessio Amantis, Andrew Galloway on the uniqueness of the Latin glosses to the same text, Martha Driver on the role of female patronage in the production of the carefully illustrated Pierpont Morgan MS M. 126, and Maria Bullon-Fernandez on the parallel English, Portuguese, and Castilian versions of Gower's 'Tale of Tereus'.

Part II, 'Rhetoric and Authority', comprises essays by J. Allan Mitchell on Gower's role in the authorization of a new vernacular ethics, Georgiana Donavin on Genius's definition of 'rhetorique' in Book VII of the Confessio, and Malte Urban on the poet's theory of history as this is borne out in his strategies of citation in Vox Clamantis.

Part III, 'London Life and Texts', closes the volume with essays by Craig E. Bertolet on the historical circumstances which inform Gower's anti-Lombard vitriol in the Miioui de l'Omme and the Confessio and Eve Salisbury on the dossier of texts pertaining to the identity of the poet's often overlooked wife, Agnes Groundolf. …

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