Gower Bibliography

The Tale of Iphis and Araxarathen (CA, IV, 3515-3684)

Stasko, Nicolette. "The Tale of Iphis and Araxarathen (CA, IV, 3515-3684)." 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, 1982, pp. 51-54. ISBN 081925962


Stasko summarizes Ovid's story of Iphis's death and Araxarathen's transformation ("Metamorphoses" 14.698-761) and identifies ways that Gower alters Ovid's version in his own account in CA 4.3515-3684. Generally expanding the plot, Gower radically alters the two protagonists by reversing their "social and moral positions" and thereby converts Ovid's story "into one which criticizes men for despairing." [MA]

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

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