Gower Bibliography

The Tale of Acteon (CA, I, 333-78).

Beidler, Peter G. "The Tale of Acteon (CA, I, 333-78)." In John Gower's Literary Transformations in the Confessio Amantis: Original Articles and Translations. Ed. Beidler, Peter G. Washington, D. C.: University Press of America, pp. 7-10. ISBN 0819125962


Beidler summarizes Ovid's account of the death of Acteon ("Metamorphoses" 3.138-252) and identifies ways that Gower alters this source of his own account in CA 1.333-78: he "eliminates elements in Ovid's tale, however vivid or dramatic they were, which would not advance his moral purpose," which is to warn against "looking when one should not look." [MA]

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

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