Gower Bibliography

Lydgate's Literary History: Chaucer, Gower, and Canacee

Nolan, Maura. "Lydgate's Literary History: Chaucer, Gower, and Canacee." Studies in the Age of Chaucer 27 (2005), pp. 59-92.

Review

Lydgate greatly expanded the story of Canacee that Laurent de Premierfait inserted into his translation of Boccaccio’s "De Casibus virorum illustrium" when he translated Laurent’s work in his "Fall of Princes," and his English rendering contains clear evidence of his consciousness of and his debt to both Gower’s and Chaucer’s very different representations of the heroine in Book III of Confessio Amantis and in Man of Law's Tale. With this as her starting point, Nolan investigates the conflicting genres, discourses, and views of Fortune that Lydgate has drawn upon and set into opposition in his tale. Gower is a “lurking presence

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

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