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dc.contributor.author Diane en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-11T14:49:02Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-11T14:49:02Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.identifier 0816640289 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Watt , D 2003 , Amoral Gower: Language, Sex and Politics . University of Minnesota Press . en_US
dc.identifier.other PURE: 83745 en_US
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1024 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1024
dc.description.abstract An innovative reading of John Gower’s work and an exciting new approach to medieval vernacular texts. “Moral Gower” he was called by friend and sometime rival Geoffrey Chaucer, and his Confessio Amantis has been viewed as an uncomplicated analysis of the universe, combining erotic narratives with ethical guidance and political commentary. Diane Watt offers the first sustained reading of John Gower’s Confessio to argue that this early vernacular text offers no real solutions to the ethical problems it raises—and in fact actively encourages “perverse” readings. Drawing on a combination of queer and feminist theory, ethical criticism, and psychoanalytic, historicist, and textual criticism, Watt focuses on the language, sex, and politics in Gower’s writing. How, she asks, is Gower’s Confessio related to contemporary controversies over vernacular translation and debates about language politics? How is Gower’s treatment of rhetoric and language gendered and sexualized, and what bearing does this have on the ethical and political structure of the text? What is the relationship between the erotic, ethical, and political sections of Confessio Amantis? Watt demonstrates that Gower engaged in the sort of critical thinking more commonly associated with Chaucer and William Langland at the same time that she contributes to modern debates about the ethics of criticism. en_US
dc.publisher University of Minnesota Press en_US
dc.title Amoral Gower: Language, Sex and Politics en_US
dc.contributor.pbl Aberystwyth University en_US
dc.contributor.pbl Department of English and Creative Writing en_US


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