Amoral Gower by Dianne Watt
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Amoral Gower
By Dianne Watt

Amoral Gower

Language, Sex and Politics

By (author) See other recent books by Dianne Watt
Format: Paperback

Checking availability...

Amoral Gower by Dianne Watt

Book Description

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.

Buy Amoral Gower book by Dianne Watt from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780816640287
ISBN-10: 0816640289
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 148mm x 13mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Amoral Gower book by Dianne Watt and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Dianne Watt close
» close