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A Comparison of Chaucer's and Gower's English Expressions (2)

Tanaka, Minoru. "A Comparison of Chaucer's and Gower's English Expressions (2)." Bulletin of the Daito Bunka University 27 (1989), pp. 143-160.

Review

This is part two of a longer essay comparing Chaucer's and Gower's versions of the same tales; the citation was taken fron the International Medieval Bibllography, which does not give the location of part 1, however, or any indication whether there is a part 3. The portion cited here discusses the tales of Virginia, Phebus, Nebuchadnezzar, Thisbe, and Medea in Canterbury Tales and Legend of Good Women and in Confessio Amantis, with some reference to Chaucer's and Gower's sources. The emphasis in on Chaucer's version; the comparison is limited to isolated observations on language and imagery leading to no general conclusion; and the essay as a whole is a lesson for all of us on the risks one takes when writing in a language that is not one's own. [PN. Copyright The John Gower Society. JGN 12.2]

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Sources, Analogues, and Literary Relations
Confessio Amantis

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