IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 123: Remembering the Past in the Works of John Gower

Monday 12 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of English, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Organisers:Tom J. Hodgson-Jones, Department of English Language & Literature, King's College London
Malte Urban, Department of English Literature, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Moderator/Chair:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Paper 123-aGower, Social Upheaval, and Old Books
(Language: English)
Malte Urban, Department of English Literature, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 123-bGower's Roman Idyll: Imperial Rome in the Confessio Amantis
(Language: English)
Tom J. Hodgson-Jones, Department of English Language & Literature, King's College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 123-cGower and the Non-Christian World
(Language: English)
Winthrop Wetherbee, Department of English, Cornell University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English
Abstract

This session is concerned with ways of approriating and writing about the past in the literary works of John Gower. The papers analyse the significance of Troy, Rome, Islam and Judaism as well as the more immediate events of late 14th-century England. the main focus lies on the Confessio Amantis, but Gower’s other works, most notably the Vox Clamantis, will also be taken into account.