Gower Bibliography

The voice of the hammer: Work in medieval English literature (John Gower, Geoffrey Chaucer)

Masciandaro, Nicola. "The voice of the hammer: Work in medieval English literature (John Gower, Geoffrey Chaucer)." PhD thesis, Yale University, 2002.

Review

"This dissertation investigates Middle English representations of work. Most previous scholarship has approached medieval work through autonomous disciplinary channels. I examine several kinds of evidence for late medieval attitudes toward work in the context of both socioeconomic conditions and intellectual traditions. . . . Chapter 2 examines three accounts of the history of work—the history of masonry contained in the Cooke MS (British Museum, Add. MS. 23198), John Gower's history of work in Book 4 of the Confessio Amantis, and Chaucer's Former Age—in order to show how the history of work was a site of ideological contest." [JGN 23.2]

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:Dissertation Abstracts International 63.03 (2002): 934A.
Subjects:Confessio Amantis

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