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Die Trojasage als Soffquelle für John Gower's Confessio Amantis

Eichinger, Karl. "Die Trojasage als Soffquelle für John Gower's Confessio Amantis." PhD thesis, Kgl. Bayer. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität zu München, 1900.

Review

Eichinger's brief dissertation examines the sources Gower used for his Trojan stories. Eichinger argues that Benoît de Sainte-Maure is nearly always the main source ("Hauptquelle"; 19), and that when Gower borrows from Guido delle Colonne it is most likely from a Latin text. Most of Eichinger's work is taken up with precise comparisons of specific stories and their sources. Stories are classified as being indebted to Benoît (the majority), Guido (only Gower's description of the sirens), both writers (Medea), or either writer (Nauplus; Achilles' love for Polixena). While Eichinger does not emphasize any particular theme that Gower brings out, he does argue that from an aesthetic point of view Gower equals his sources (21). [CvD]

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:The dissertation was defended in 1899 and published by Wolf of München in 1900.
Subjects:Sources, Analogues, and Literary Relations
Confessio Amantis

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