1st Edition

The Routledge Research Companion to John Gower

Edited By Ana Saez-Hidalgo, Brian Gastle, R.F. Yeager Copyright 2017
    420 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    420 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Research Companion to John Gower reviews the most current scholarship on the late medieval poet and opens doors purposefully to research areas of the future. It is divided into three parts. The first part, "Working theories: medieval and modern," is devoted to the main theoretical aspects that frame Gower’s work, ranging from his use of medieval law, rhetoric, theology, and religious attitudes, to approaches incorporating gender and queer studies. The second part, "Things and places: material cultures," examines the cultural locations of the author, not only from geographical and political perspectives, or in scientific and economic context, but also in the transmission of his poetry through the materiality of the text and its reception. "Polyvocality: text and language," the third part, focuses on Gower’s trilingualism, his approach to history, and narratological and intertextual aspects of his works. The Routledge Research Companion to John Gower is an essential resource for scholars and students of Gower and of Middle English literature, history, and culture generally.


    List of Figures

    Introduction: Gower Scholarship Then and Now


    1. Gower and Theory: Old Books, New Matters
      Jonathan Hsy, The George Washington University

    2. Gower and Gender
      María Bullón-Fernández, Seattle University

    3. Gower and Rhetoric
      Kim Zarins, California State University at Sacramento

    4. Gower’s Religions
      R.F. Yeager, University of West Florida

    5. John Gower and the Law: Legal Theory and Practice
      Conrad van Dyk, Concordia University of Edmonton


    7. John Gower’s Manuscripts in Middle English
      Joe Fredell, Southeastern Louisiana University

    8. Gower’s French Manuscripts
      Craig E. Bertolet, Auburn University

    9. Gower’s Latin Manuscripts
      Stephanie Batkie, University of the South

    10. Iberian Manuscripts of Gower’s Works
      Ana Sáez-Hidalgo, University of Valladolid

    11. Illuminations in Gower’s Manuscripts
      Joyce Coleman, University of Oklahoma

    12. Gower’s Southwark
      Martha Carlin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    13. Gower’s Courts
      Matthew Giancarlo, University of Kentucky

    14. Gower, Business, and Economy
      Roger Ladd, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

    15. Gower and Science
      Russell A. Peck, University of Rochester

    16. Gower’s Reception, 1400–1700
      Robert R. Edwards, Pennsylvania State University

    17. Iberian Gower
      Clara Pascual-Argente, Rhodes College


    19. Gower’s Languages
      Tim Machan, University of Notre Dame

    20. Voices and Narrators
      Matthew W. Irvin, University of the South

    21. Gower and the Forms of History
      Steele Nowlin, Hampden-Sydney College

    22. Gower’s Classicizing Vocations
      Andrew Galloway, Cornell University

    23. Gower and Romance
      Corinne Saunders, Durham University

    24. Gower and Chaucer
      Brian Gastle, Western Carolina University

    25. The French Works: The Ballades
      Peter Nicholson, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

    26. The French Works: Mirour de l’Omme
      Craig E. Bertolet, Auburn University

    27. English Works
      Yoshiko Kobayashi, University of Tokyo

    28. The Latin Works
      Robert Meindl, California State University, Sacramento

    Notes on Contributors


    Ana Sáez-Hidalgo is Associate Professor at the Universidad de Valladolid, Spain.

    Brian Gastle is Professor of English at Western Carolina University, USA.

    R.F. Yeager is Professor of English at the University of West Florida, USA.

    "This impressive work is the most comprehensive monograph on Gower up to date."

    - Amanda Roi-Marin, University of Cambridge, UK

    "The Routledge Research Companion to John Gower is a rich contribution to the ¿eld of Gower studies, one whose scope is laudably ambitious. Among the collection’s strengths are its efforts to foreground the trilingual, transnational, and manuscript contexts of the po-et’s work and legacy. These chapters offer an invitation to new conversations and suggest av-enues for future research. Gower studies, as this collection witnesses, continues to grow, transform, and respond to contemporary scholarly concerns; the poet’s multilingual legacy, now as much as ever, occupies a meaningful place in our ¿eld in the midst of a mutable, di-vided, and ever-renewing world."

    - Sarah V. Torres, University of Virginia, USA, Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies