Gower's Vulgar Tongue: Ovid, Lay Religion,

    Gower's Vulgar Tongue: Ovid, Lay Religion,

    and English Poetry in the Confessio Amantis

    T Matthew N McCabe

    DS Brewer 2011

    Hardback 266pp

    9781843842835   Product Code: 21285

    John Gower's reputation as a literary author was established by his Latin and French verse, but in the 1380s he turned to English. McCabe explores the implications of this language choice for the form, readership and lay authority of the Confessio Amantis, examining how Gower draws on Ovidian myths of metamorphosis not only to fashion a vernacular poetic voice but also as a means of representing goodness as universally accessible and independent of clerical mediation.

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