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By Diane Watt

ISBN-10: 0816640270

ISBN-13: 9780816640270

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ISBN-13: 9780816640287

"Moral Gower" he was once referred to as by means of buddy and someday rival Geoffrey Chaucer, and his Confessio Amantis has been considered as an easy research of the universe, combining erotic narratives with moral tips and political statement. Diane Watt bargains the 1st sustained studying of John Gower's Confessio to argue that this early vernacular textual content deals no genuine recommendations to the moral difficulties it raises-and in truth actively encourages "perverse" readings.

Drawing on a mix of queer and feminist concept, moral feedback, and psychoanalytic, historicist, and textual feedback, Watt makes a speciality of the language, intercourse, and politics in Gower's writing. How, she asks, is Gower's Confessio with regards 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 courting among the erotic, moral, and political sections of Confessio Amantis? Watt demonstrates that Gower engaged within the type of serious pondering commonly linked to Chaucer and William Langland whilst that she contributes to fashionable debates in regards to the ethics of criticism.

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

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