Gower Bibliography

Texts for Teaching

Peck, Russell A. "Texts for Teaching." In Appoaches to Teaching the Poetry of John Gower. Ed. Yeager, R. F., and Gastle, Brian W. New York: Modern Languge Association of America, 2011, pp. 7-16. ISBN 9781603290999


Peck sets out to identify the available major editions and translations of Gower's works. Macaulay's magisterial four-volume edition of the "Complete Works" (1899-1902) is no longer in print in its entirety, but volumes 2 and 3,"The English Works," continue to be published under the auspices of the Early English Text Society, and Volume 1, "The Latin Works," and Volume 4, "The French Works," are now available online in "Google Books." Peck's own recent three-volume edition of the complete "Confessio Amantis" in the TEAMS Middle English Texts Series (METS) is designed for classroom use. As with other METS volumes, it is available not only in print, but also in an electronic version (free to individual users). Peck's edition contains "all the Latin epigrams and marginal Latin paraphernalia of the manuscript along with English translations by Andrew Galloway; and extensive marginal glossing of words that are likely to be difficult for modern readers" (9). The introductions, bibliographies, and explanatory and textual notes are also extensive. Of the Latin works, Eric Stockton's translation of the complete "Vox Clamantis" and the "Chronica Tripertita" is no longer in print. It should be noted, however, that the "Visio Anglie" (Book 1 of the Vox) and the "Chronica Tripertita" have been newly edited by David Carlson and translated by A.G. Rigg in "John Gower: Poems on Contemporary Events," (see rev. JGN 30.2 [Oct 2011], 9-10); this work appeared too late to be discussed in this volume. Burton Wilson's translation of the "Mirour de l'Omme" (1992) is still in print. Peck also discusses the available editions and translations of Gower's shorter works; all of these have appeared relatively recently, and among their number, the "Cinkante Balades" and "Traitié," as well as "In Praise of Peace" and the shorter Latin poems have been edited and translated in METS volumes. [Kurt Olsson Copyright. The John Gower Society. Copyright. JGN 31.1.]

Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Facsimiles, Editions, and Translations

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