Literary Medieval Criticism

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By Diane Watt

ISBN-10: 0816640270

ISBN-13: 9780816640270

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"Moral Gower" he was once referred to as through good friend and someday rival Geoffrey Chaucer, and his Confessio Amantis has been considered as an simple research of the universe, combining erotic narratives with moral counsel and political statement. Diane Watt deals the 1st sustained studying of John Gower's Confessio to argue that this early vernacular textual content bargains no actual strategies to the moral difficulties it raises-and actually actively encourages "perverse" readings.

Drawing on a mixture of queer and feminist concept, moral feedback, and psychoanalytic, historicist, and textual feedback, Watt specializes in the language, intercourse, and politics in Gower's writing. How, she asks, is Gower's Confessio relating to modern controversies over vernacular translation and debates approximately language politics? How is Gower's remedy of rhetoric and language gendered and sexualized, and what bearing does this have at the moral and political constitution of the textual content? what's the dating among the erotic, moral, and political sections of Confessio Amantis? Watt demonstrates that Gower engaged within the kind of severe considering almost always linked to Chaucer and William Langland while that she contributes to fashionable debates concerning the ethics of criticism.

Diane Watt is senior lecturer in English on the college of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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