This article uses the theory of the narrative creation of the self to contend that the Confessio Amantis creates a space for narrative healing within the acknowledgement of mortality. Rather than being traditionally funny or ending in amorous or military victory, Gower’s poem uses the encyclopedia knowledge of the interpolated tales to establish a healing narrative in the face of failure and loss.
"Writing Into Hope: Laughter, Sadness and Healing in John Gower's Confessio Amantis,"
Accessus: Vol. 7:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol7/iss1/7