Session Title

Gower's French, French Gower

Sponsoring Organization(s)

John Gower Society

Organizer Name

Brian Gastle

Organizer Affiliation

Western Carolina Univ.

Presider Name

Roger A. Ladd

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of North Carolina-Pembroke

Paper Title 1

The Political as Personal: Gower's Cinkante balades as English Response to the Cent balades of Christine de Pizan

Presenter 1 Name

Linda Burke

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Elmhurst College

Paper Title 2

Gower's Debt to the Roman de la rose: Generic Acts of Literary Reinvention in the Mirour de l'omme

Presenter 2 Name

Thari Zweers

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Cornell Univ.

Paper Title 3

The Originality of Gower's Balades

Presenter 3 Name

R. F. Yeager

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of West Florida

Start Date

7-5-2020 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1255

Description

Part of John Gower’s importance lies in the fact that he wrote extensively in French, Latin, and Middle English. Gower’s French, a mixture of Anglo-Norman and Continental, speaks to the multilingual culture of not only England, but Europe generally. The majority of Gower scholarship has focused on Gower’s Middle English writings (as a representative English poet), or upon his Latin texts (as a scholastic author embedded in the classical tradition), or upon an understanding of Gower as a trilingual poet. This panel examines Gower as a “French” poet, as a writer embedded in the French tradition, shaping the development of French and Anglo-Norman in England and elsewhere. Brian Gastle

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May 7th, 3:30 PM

Gower's French, French Gower

Schneider 1255

Part of John Gower’s importance lies in the fact that he wrote extensively in French, Latin, and Middle English. Gower’s French, a mixture of Anglo-Norman and Continental, speaks to the multilingual culture of not only England, but Europe generally. The majority of Gower scholarship has focused on Gower’s Middle English writings (as a representative English poet), or upon his Latin texts (as a scholastic author embedded in the classical tradition), or upon an understanding of Gower as a trilingual poet. This panel examines Gower as a “French” poet, as a writer embedded in the French tradition, shaping the development of French and Anglo-Norman in England and elsewhere. Brian Gastle