Gower Bibliography

The meaning of incest in the 'Confessio Amantis'

Donavin, Georgiana. "The meaning of incest in the 'Confessio Amantis'." PhD thesis, University of Oregon, 1992.


The exemplar of incest in Confessio Amantis is provided by Venus and Cupid; key tales demonstrate the destruction that follows incest or the union with God that follows the transcendance of incestuous passion. Incest is used by Gower as a "microcosmic symbol of society's decay"; Amans is led by Genius to reject the incestuous model of Venus and Cupid. [JGN 12.2]

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:Dissertation Abstracts International 53 (1993): 2807A.
Subjects:Confessio Amantis

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