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The Routledge Research Companion to John Gower

ISBN 9781032096995
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
420 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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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.

Table of Contents


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

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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