Gower Bibliography

Studies in the Language of Some Manuscripts of Gower's Confessio Amantis.

Smith, Jeremy J. "Studies in the Language of Some Manuscripts of Gower's Confessio Amantis." PhD thesis, University of Glasgow, 1985.


Chapter 1 summarises the present state of knowledge of the history of Middle English and sets forth current theories for analysing scribal practice. Chapter 2 reconstructs the language of the poet through an examination of the manuscript evidence, and presents a study of Gower's rhyming practice. Chapter 3 is a preliminary linguistic survey of all accessible manuscripts and early prints of the Confession Amantis, with the exception of those studies in detail in chapters 2 and 4. Chapter 4 is a study of the manuscripts copied by "Scribe D." Chapter 5 presents conclusions, important among which are that (a) MSS Fairfax and Stafford "are, in all respects except their actual handwriting, as good as autograph copies;" (b) Gower's own language "was transmitted through layers of scribal copying throughout the fifteenth century in a very remarkable way;" (c) a corpus of spellings for the entire available manuscript tradition of the Confessio is presented; (d) new evidence about the career of Scribe D is offered. There are a bibliography and two appendices, one in which data used in the text are presented, and one of maps, showing dialectical regions. [JGN 5.2]

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Subjects:Language and Word Studies
Style, Rhetoric, and Versification
Confessio Amantis
Manuscripts and Textual Studies

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