Gower Bibliography

John Gower: Recent Readings. Papers Presented at the Meetings of the John Gower Society at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, 1983-88.

Yeager, R.F., ed. "John Gower: Recent Readings. Papers Presented at the Meetings of the John Gower Society at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, 1983-88." Studies in Medieval Culture, 26 . Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University, 1989

Review

The publication of this volume is certainly one of the major events in Gower criticism of the last few years. Its thirteen essays were originally read at the annual Gower sessions at Kalamazoo. Other papers from Kalamazoo have already appeared in print (e.g. Benson's study of "Canace and Machaire," in Chaucer Review, 19 [1984]). Those who have not been able to make it to Kalamazoo each year -- and those who have as well -- will be grateful that the best of the remaining papers have been gathered here. All have been revised and expanded, some substantially, for publication. Twelve of the thirteen essays are concerned all but exclusively with CA, but unlike those collected by Minnis in Responses and Reassessments, which offered new ways of looking at the structure of the poem as a whole, most are focused rather more narrowly on problems of Gower's sources, investigations of particular subjects in his poem, studies of particular passages, and examinations of particular MSS of CA. All are competently and professionally done, and several have implications that range well beyond the topic immediately at hand. Together, the volume presents a good cross-section of recent and current scholarship on Gower, and because of its very diversity, there is certain to be something of interest for every reader of Gower here. [PN. Copyright The John Gower Society. JGN 9.2]

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