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The Use of the Roman de Troie in the Confessio Amantis.

Masayoshi, Ito. "The Use of the Roman de Troie in the Confessio Amantis." In A Festschrift for Dr. Masuji Hasegawa on His Seventieth Birthday. Ed. UNSPECIFIED. Sendai: Kotoba no Kai, 1981, pp. 175-192.


Ito takes issue with the "too much stress" C. David Benson places on Gower's use of Guido delle Colonna in the Confession Amantis, and his consequent neglect of the Roman de Troie (see Benson's The History of Troy in Middle English Literature [Totowa, NJ, 1980]). Ito names passages which in his view are drawn from the Roman, and discusses thm for their contribution to the tone and structure of the CA. He adds a coda, in which he speculates as to which manuscript type Gower may have known of the Roman, conclusing that A2 is the most likely. [PN. Copyright the John Gower Society. JGN 3.1]

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

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