IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 406: New Directions in John Gower Studies - A Round Table Discussion

Monday 10 July 2006, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:John Gower and Hypertext Project
Organiser:Georgiana Donavin, Department of English, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah
Moderator/Chair:Diane Watt, Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University
Abstract

John Gower’s 14th-century poems have undergone a critical renaissance. Each participant in this round table represents an emerging movement in scholarship on John Gower, including the new ethical criticism, interdisciplinary approaches, Marxism, British Cultural Studies, studies in medieval violence, and constructions of masculinities. Participants will identify how these new approaches and subjects of inquiry inform and rejuvenate readings of Gower’s work. Finally, the round table will explore the possibility of a hypertext project that facilitates communication about these new methods and topics for Gower research, and also allows for more representation of European scholars. In conclusion, the group will survey the best means of organizing ‘The John Gower and Hypertext Project’ in order to accomplish the goals set during the round table.
Participants include Lynn Arner (Pittsburgh University), Isabel Davis (Birkbeck College, University of London), Simon Meecham-Jones (University of Cambridge), Allan Mitchell (University of Kent), Eve Salisbury (Western Michigan University), and Malte Urban (University of Wales, Aberystwyth)