Session Title

Amoral Gower and Its Impact (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Gower Project

Organizer Name

Georgiana Donavin

Organizer Affiliation

Westminster College

Presider Name

Eve Salisbury

Presider Affiliation

Western Michigan Univ.

Paper Title 1

Transgressions

Presenter 1 Name

María Bullón-Fernández

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Seattle Univ.

Paper Title 2

Choosing the Sword: Gender Development in the Tale of Achilles and Deidamia

Presenter 2 Name

Lacey M. Wolfer

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Western Michigan Univ.

Paper Title 3

Amoral Gower and (Mis)Reading Medieval Literature

Presenter 3 Name

Amy Louise Morgan

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Surrey

Paper Title 4

What Twenty-First-Century Gower Owes to Amoral Gower

Presenter 4 Name

Malte Urban

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Aberystwyth Univ.

Paper Title 5

An Amoral Canon

Presenter 5 Name

Roberta Magnani

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Swansea Univ.

Paper Title 6

Session Respondent: Amoral Gower Revisited

Presenter 6 Name

Diane Watt

Presenter 6 Affiliation

Univ. of Surrey

Start Date

11-5-2019 3:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 2020

Description

Since Geoffrey Chaucer dedicated Troilus and Criseyde to “moral Gower,” readers of John Gower’s trilingual oeuvre have emphasized sermonic qualities in the verse. With this conservative representation, Gower’s reputation suffered against a seemingly more ironic and secular Chaucer, and into successive eras literary critics reinscribed Gower’s moral conservatism. In this context Diane Watt’s Amoral Gower is published by the University of Minnesota Press (2003). Watt cuts against the grain of traditional readings of the Confessio Amantis by emphasizing its sympathetic pluralism. Amoral Gower breaks ground in gendered, ethical, and political perspectives, showing why the poet appeals to such diverse audiences. The book has inspired queer, feminist, and ethical interpretations of the Confessio and has shown how Gower’s language cannot be contained by expectations for preaching. This roundtable brings together scholars whose work has been influenced by Amoral Gower and offers a response to their assessments by the author. Georgiana Donavin

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May 11th, 3:30 PM

Amoral Gower and Its Impact (A Roundtable)

Fetzer 2020

Since Geoffrey Chaucer dedicated Troilus and Criseyde to “moral Gower,” readers of John Gower’s trilingual oeuvre have emphasized sermonic qualities in the verse. With this conservative representation, Gower’s reputation suffered against a seemingly more ironic and secular Chaucer, and into successive eras literary critics reinscribed Gower’s moral conservatism. In this context Diane Watt’s Amoral Gower is published by the University of Minnesota Press (2003). Watt cuts against the grain of traditional readings of the Confessio Amantis by emphasizing its sympathetic pluralism. Amoral Gower breaks ground in gendered, ethical, and political perspectives, showing why the poet appeals to such diverse audiences. The book has inspired queer, feminist, and ethical interpretations of the Confessio and has shown how Gower’s language cannot be contained by expectations for preaching. This roundtable brings together scholars whose work has been influenced by Amoral Gower and offers a response to their assessments by the author. Georgiana Donavin