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John Gower. Confessio Amantis, 3 vols.

Peck, Russell A., ed. "John Gower. Confessio Amantis, 3 vols." Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, 2004


When I reviewed the first volume of Peck’s new edition of CA for JGN in 2001, I welcomed the opportunity that it gave to teach the poem in entire books rather than just selections, and I praised the choice to put the Prologue, Book 1, and Book 8 together in one volume as an ingenious solution to the problem of presenting the poem to beginners. I also commended Andrew Galloway’s translations of the complete Latin apparatus. But I had a few reservations. I pointed out the incomplete and to some extent misleading account of the presentation of the text; I felt that Peck could have done a lot more to update Macaulay’s punctuation; and I felt that he gave an overly directive reading of the poem in place of a real introduction. The completion of the edition with the appearance of volume 3 offers a chance to reassess both the scheme as a whole and the details of its execution. In some respects the edition has improved as it progressed. There is evidence of much greater care in the preparation of the text, and there are, for instance, more textual notes in vols. 2 and 3 than appeared in vol. 1, and they are far more detailed. There is still, however, no good account of the editorial procedure, a problem that is now only exacerbated by the inconsistencies between the first and the subsequent volumes. Peck claims to have used the Fairfax MS as his “copy text

Item Type:Book
Additional Information:Latin translations by Andrew Galloway. Volumes 1-3 published, 2000-2004.
Subjects:Facsimiles, Editions, and Translations
Confessio Amantis

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