Gower Bibliography

The miscellany and the monument: Collecting in Chaucer, Gower, and Langland

Shuffelton, George Gordon. "The miscellany and the monument: Collecting in Chaucer, Gower, and Langland." PhD thesis, Yale University, 2002.

Review

"In the later Middle Ages, a wide variety of writers and readers collected texts, assisted by developments in manuscript production and the emergence of compilatio as an intellectual category. In turn, these collections influenced writers as aesthetic models and as vehicles for the circulation of texts. . . . . I argue for the miscellany's aesthetic importance as the essential material condition of vernacular literature before the introduction of printing. . . . Chapter 3 reads Gower's Confessio Amantis as an attempt to redress the fragile miscellaneity of the human body. Gower eventually came to rely on the collection of his own work in manuscript as a monumental substitute for his own body." [JGN 23.1]

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:Dissertation Abstracts International 63.10 (2003): 3547A
Subjects:Confessio Amantis
Manuscripts and Textual Studies

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