Gower Bibliography

Bibliography of Gower Studies, 2019-24
Georgiana Donavin
and Kaitlyn Adams

Primary Texts

Translations

Gastle, Brian and Catherine Carter, ed. and trans. The Lover’s Confession: A Translation of John Gower’s Confessio Amantis, Medieval Institute Publications, 2024.

Meindl, Robert J. and Mark T. Riley, trans. “John Gower: The Minor Latin Works,” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 8, no. 1, article 2, 2024, pp. 1-61. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol8/iss1/2.

—. The Voice of One Crying.  Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 7, no. 2, 2022. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol7/iss2/.

Back to top

Secondary Scholarship

Anthologies

Chewning, Susannah Mary, editor. Studies in the Age of Gower:  A Festschrift in Honour of R.F. Yeager, D.S. Brewer, 2020.

Driver, Martha and Derek Pearsall, editors. John Gower in Manuscripts and Early Printed Books. D.S. Brewer, 2020.

Rigby, Stephen H. and Siân Echard, editors. Historians on John Gower. D.S. Brewer, 2019.

Back to top

Reference Works

Krynicky, Leah R. “Confessio Amantis by John Gower.” Salem Press Encyclopedia of Literature, 2020.

McCabe, Matthew. “Vernacular Authorship and Public Poetry.” The Oxford Handbook of Chaucer, 2020, pp. 563–579.

Mooney, Linne and Derek Pearsall. A Descriptive Catalogue of the English Manuscripts of John Gower’s Confessio Amantis. Boydell and Brewer, 2021.

Yeager, R. F. “A Brief History of the John Gower Society.” New Chaucer Studies: Pedagogy & Profession, vol. 4, no. 1, 2023, pp. 57-67.

Monographs

Carlson, David R. Gower and Anglo-Latin Verse. Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2022.

Donavin, Georgiana. John Gower’s Rhetoric: Classical Authority, Biblical Ethos, and Renaissance Receptions. Brepols, 2022.

Fonzo, Kimberly. Retrospective Prophecy and Medieval English Authorship. University of Toronto Press, 2022.

Rogers, William. Writing Old Age and Impairments in Late Medieval England. Arc Humanities Press, 2021.

Runstedler, Curtis. Alchemy and Exemplary Poetry in Middle English Literature. Palgrave Macmillan, 2023.

Salisbury, Eve. Narrating Medicine in Middle English Poetry: Poets, Practitioners, and the Plague. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022.

Scase, Wendy. Visible English: Graphic Culture, Scribal Practice, and Identity, c. 700-1550. Brepols, 2022.

Weiskott, Eric. Meter and Modernity in English Verse, 1350-1650. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021.

Back to top

On Gower’s French Works

Cinkante Balades

Burke, Linda. “A Bond of True Love: Performing Courtship and Betrothal in Gower’s Cinkante Balades and Spenser’s Amoretti, in Light of Christine de Pizan’s Cent Balades.” Communication, Translation, and Community in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period: New Cultural-Historical and Literary Perspectives, editor Albrecht Classen, Walter de Gruyter, Inc., 2022, pp. 461-490.

––. “The Personal as Political. John Gower’s Cinkante balades as English response to the Cent balades of Christine de Pizan.” Genèses et filiations dans l’oeuvre de Christine de Pizan, editor Dominique Demartini and Claire le Ninan, Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2021, pp. 171-184.

Nicholson, Peter. “Gower’s Ballades for Women.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewning, Boydell & Brewer, 2020, pp. 79-98.

Mirour de l’Omme

Bullón-Fernández, María. “Gower’s Queer Poetics in the Mirour de l’Omme.” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 6, 2020. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol6/iss1/3/.

Galloway, Andrew. “Gower in Striped Sleeves: Mirour de lOmme as Gower’s Early Humanism.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewning, Boydell and Brewer, 2020, pp. 119-134.

Back to top

On Gower’s Latin Works

Vox Clamantis

Batkie, Stephanie L. and Matthew W. Irvin. “Incarnational Making in Vox Clamantis II.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewing, Boydell and Brewer, 2020, pp. 35-56.

Donavin, Georgiana and Eve Salisbury. “Preface to a New English Translation of Gower’s Vox Clamantis,”Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 7, no. 2, 2022, Article 1, pp. 1-6. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol7/iss2/1.

Hadfield, Andrew. “Perceptions of Class in the Late Middle Ages.” Literature and Class: From the Peasants’ Revolt to the French Revolution, editor Andrew Hadfield, Manchester University Press, 2021, pp. 80-116.

Meindl, Robert J. “The Community of the Realm: Gower’s Account of the Commons in Book V of the Vox Clamantis,” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 6: no. 1, Article 2, 2020, pp. 1-44. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol6/iss1/2.

Ni, Yun. “Between History and Prophecy: Ovidian Metamorphoses and the 1381 Revolt in Gower’s Visio Anglie.” Chaucer Review, vol. 56, no. 1, January 2021, pp. 33-53.

Parsons, Ben. “‘Watte vocat’: Human and Animal Naming in Gower’s Visio Anglie.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology, vol. 119, no. 3, July 2020, pp. 380-398.

Cronica Tripertita

Roberts, David A. “What’s in a Name: History, Genre, and Political Speech in Gower’s Cronica Tripertita.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewnng, Boydell and Brewer, 2020, pp. 135-142.

Weiskott, Eric. “The Eagle Has Landed: A Prophetic Pun in John Gower’s Cronica Tripertita.ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews, vol. 36, no. 3, 2023, pp. 319-320.

OTHER POEMS

Grinnell, Natalie. “Gower’s Light: The Ecology of ‘De Lucis Scrutinio’.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewning, Boydell and Brewer, pp. 161-171.

Irvin, Matthew W. “The Vox Revoiced in Gower’s Carmen super multiplici viciorum pestilencia: Of latine and of othire lare:  Essays in Honour of David R. Carlson, editor Richard Firth Green and R.F. Yeager, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2022, pp. 120-138.

Weiskott, Eric. “Cumulative Revision in John Gower’s Quicquid Homo Scribat.” English Studies: A Journal of English Language and Literature, vol. 103, no. 4, 2022, pp. 547-554.

––. “Dreaming of Cicero in John Gower’s Cultor in Ecclesia.” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews, vol. 36, no. 4, 2023, pp. 462-463.

––. “On the Oxymora in John Gower’s ‘Est amor in glosa’.” Notes & Queries, vol. 69, no. 4, Aug 2022, pp. 273-277.

––. “The Date and Style of John Gower’s ‘Ecce patet tensus’.” Notes and Queries, vol. 69, no. 4, 2022, pp. 277-281.

––. “The Subject of John Gower’s Dicunt Scripture.” Notes and Queries, vol. 69, no. 3, 2022, pp. 196-198.

––. “The Occasion of John Gower’s Unanimes Esse.” Notes and Queries, vol. 69, no. 3, 2022, pp. 192-196.

Back to top

On Gower’s Middle English Works

Confessio Amantis:

Bychowski, Gabrielle M. W. “The Unfinished Hope of Gower’s Transgender Children.” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 7, no. 1, 2022. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol7/iss1/5/.

Bullón-Fernández, María. “‘Hol Ynowh.’” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 7, no. 1, 2022. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol7/iss1/9/.

Cooper, Helen. “Romance Repetitions and the Sea: Brendan, Constance, Apollonius.” Medieval Romance, Arthurian Literature: Essays in Honour of Elizabeth Archibald, editor A.S.G. Edwards, D.S. Brewer, 2021, pp. 46-60.

Ensley, Mimi. “‘Profitable’ Gower: Commonplacing and the Early Modern Confessio Amantis.” The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, vol. 121, no. 2, 2022, pp. 202-222.

Fredell, Joel. “Gower in Exile.” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 7, no. 1, 2022. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol7/iss1/8/.

Garrison, Jennifer. “Transforming Community: Women’s Rape Narratives and Gower’s Confessio Amantis.” Medieval Feminist Forum, vol. 57, no. 1, 2021, pp. 121-141.

Gastle, Brian W. “Teaching Gower’s ‘Tale of Florent’ and Leveraging General Education Student Learning Outcomes.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, vol. 30, no. 1, 2023, pp. 17-30.

Green, Richard Firth. “A Poet at Work: John Gower’s Revisions to the ‘Tale of Rosiphilee’.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewning, Boydell and Brewer, 2020, pp. 217-226.

Grinnell, Natalie. “Writing Into Hope: Laughter, Sadness and Healing in John Gower’s Confessio Amantis.” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 7, no. 1, 2022. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol7/iss1/7/.

McShane, Kara L. “Healing, Accountability, and Community in Gower’s Confessio Amantis.” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 7, no. 1, 2022. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol7/iss1/3/.

Peck, Russell A. “Patriarchy, Family, and Law in Gower’s Confessio Amantis.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewning, Boydell and Brewer, 28 April 2020, pp. 59-78.

Rogers, William. “The Price We Pay for Envy: A Political and Social ‘Maladie’.” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 7, no. 1, 2022. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol7/iss1/6/.

––. “Studies in Gower’s Age: Ciceronian Echoes in Confessio Amantis.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewning, Boydell and Brewer, pp. 143-158.

Sharp, David. “Gower’s ‘Ovidian’ Source for Line V.1283 of the Confessio Amantis.” Notes and Queries, vol. 68, no. 2, 2021, pp. 162-164.

Stoyanoff, Jeffery G. “Confessio Amantis in the Undergraduate Classroom: Using Actor-Network Theory to Teach Less Text More.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, vol. 30, no. 1, 2023, pp. 45-52.

Runstedler, Curtis. “The Consolation of Exempla: Gower’s Sources of Hope and ‘Textual Healing’ in the Confessio Amantis.” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 7, no. 1, 2022. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol7/iss1/4/

––. “Transmuting John Gower: Elias Ashmole’s Hermetic Reading of Gower’s Jason and the Golden Fleece.” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 6, no. 2, 2020, https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol6/iss2/3/.

Stone, Zachary E.. “‘Betwen tuo stoles’: The Western Schism and the English Poetry of John Gower (1378-1417)”, New Medieval Literatures, vol. 19, 2019, pp. 205-243.

Watt, Caitlin G. “The Speaking Wound: Gower’s Confessio Amantis and the Ethics of Listening in the #Metoo Era.” postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, vol. 11, no. 2-3, August 2020, pp. 272-281.

Back to top

Gower and Other Medieval Authors

Gower and Chaucer:

Firth Green, Richard. “John Gower and Chaucer’s Fabliau.” “Of latine and of othire lare”: Essays in Honour of David R. Carlson, editor Richard Firth Green and R.F. Yeager, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2022, pp. 82-100.

Kuczynski, Michael P. “Gower, Chaucer and the ‘Treuth of Prestehode’.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewning, Boydell and Brewer, 2020, pp. 173-188.

Levelt, Sjoerd. “Marcus Boxhorn’s Misattribution of Verses from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to John Gower.” Notes and Queries, vol. 67, no. 1, March 2020, pp. 14-16.

Spearing, A.C. “Narration in Two Versions of ‘Virginius and ‘Virginia’.” Chaucer Review, vol. 54, no. 1, 2019, pp. 1-34.

Stavsky, Jonathan. “Translating the Near East in the Man of Law’s Tale and Its Analogues.” Chaucer Review, vol. 55, no. 1, 2020, pp. 32-54.

Gower and Others:

Edwards, A. S. G. “Edward Thomas on Gower’.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewning, Boydell and Brewer, 2020, pp. 11-20.

Runstedler, Curtis. “John Gower’s Alchemical Afterlife in Elias Ashmole’s Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum (1652).” Neophilologus, vol. 104, no. 2, 2020, pp. 263-281.

Weiskott, Eric. “John Gower and ‘John of Bridlington’: An Unnoticed Borrowing.” Notes and Queries, vol. 68, no. 2, 2021, pp. 160-162.

Back to top

Manuscripts and Scribes

Driver, Martha. “John Gower and the Artists of M. 126.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewning, Boydell and Brewer, 2020, pp. 99-115.

Edwards, A.S.G. “The Ownership and Sale of Manuscripts of John Gower’s Confessio Amantis in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.” The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, vol. 23, no. 2, 2022, pp. 180-190.

Fredell, Joel. “The First Emergence of the Ricardian Confessio: Morgan M. 690.” Scribal Cultures in Late Medieval England: Essays in Honour of Linne R. Mooney, editor Margaret Connolly et al., Boydell & Brewer, 2022, pp. 198-221.

Gillhammer, Cosima Clara. “A Recycled Extract from Gower’s Confessio Amantis in Oxford, Trinity College, MS 29.” Notes and Queries, vol. 68, no. 1, 2021, pp. 12-18.

Mooney, Linne R. “The Production of Trinity College, Cambridge MS R.3.2 Revisited.” Journal of the Early Book Society for the Study of Manuscripts and Printing History, vol. 24, 2021, pp. 1-25.

Pearsall, Derek. “The Sutherland Fragment of Gower’s Confessio Amantis.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewning, Boydell and Brewer, 2020, pp. 21-34.

––. “Early Revision in the Text of Gower’s Confessio Amantis.” Journal of the Early Book Society for the Study of Manuscripts and Printing History, vol. 24, 2021, pp. 247-261.

Stone, Zachary E. “A Descriptive Catalogue of Eight Medieval Manuscripts from Wadham College, Oxford.” The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, vol. 21, no. 4, December 2020, pp. 445-476.

Back to top

Gower in the Renaissance

Bauer, Matthias, and Angelika Zirker. “Shakespeare’s Medieval Co-Authors.” In Search of the Culprit: Aspects of Medieval Authorship, editor Lukas Rösli and Stefanie Gropper, De Gruyter, 2021, pp. 217-238.

Ladd, Roger A. “‘To Hear an Old Man Sing’: Apollonius, Pericles and the Age of Gower.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewning, Boydell and Brewer, 2020, pp. 189-200.

Back to top

Gower and his Age

Balestrini, María Cristina. “Los escritores ricardianos y la consolidación de la literatura en inglés medio.” De Medio Aevo, vol. 10, no. 1, 2021, pp. 169-179.

Bennett, Michael. “‘Defenders of Truth’: Lord Cobham, John Gower, and the Political Crisis of 1387-88.” Creativity, Contradictions, and Commemoration in the Reign of Richard II: Essays in Honour of Nigel Saul, editor Jessica A. Lutkin and J.S. Hamilton, Boydell and Brewer, 2022, pp. 35-52.

––. “Shades of Gower: Latin Texts and Social Contexts.” Of latine and of othire lare: Essays in Honour of David R. Carlson, editor Richard Firth Green and R.F. Yeager, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2022, pp. 101-119.

Gastle, Brian W. “The Constraints of Justice and Gower’s ‘Lawyerly Habit of Mind’.” Studies in the Age of Gower: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert F. Yeager, editor Susannah Mary Chewning, Boydell and Brewer, 2020, pp. 203-216.

McShane, Kara L. “John Gower as Protest Poet?” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, vol. 30, no. 1, 2023, pp. 31-44.

Prescott, Euan, et al. “The Archival Iceberg: New Sources for Literary Life-Records.” The Chaucer Review, vol. 57, no. 4, 2022, pp. 498-526.

Yeager, R. F. “Gower, Grosseteste, and De lucis scrutinio.” Of latine and of othire lare: Essays in Honour of David R. Carlson, editor Richard Firth Green and R. F. Yeager, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2022, pp. 139-156.

Back to top

Forms and Language

Donavin, Georgiana. “John Gower’s Magical Rhetoric.” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 6, no. 2, 2020, https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol6/iss2/2.

Fitzgerald, Christina M. “Copying Couplets: Performing Masculinity in Middle English Moral Poetry.” Exemplaria, vol. 32, no. 2, 2020, pp. 107-129.

Putter, Ad. “Linguistic Change and Metre: The Demise of Adjectival Inflections and the Scansion of ‘High’ and ‘Sly’ in Chaucer, Gower and Hoccleve.” English Language and Linguistics, vol. 26, no. 3, Sept. 2022, pp. 471-485.

Weiskott, Eric “Gower’s Quatrains: Language, Rhyme, Occasion.” English Studies: A Journal of English Language and Literature, vol. 103, no. 6, Oct. 2022, pp. 777-786.

Back to top

Miscellaneous Issues in Late Medieval Literature

Donavin, Georgiana. “Gower and #MeToo.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, vol. 30, no. 1, 2023, pp. 53-61.

Drimmer, Sonja. “Connoisseurship, Art History, and the Paleographical Impasse in Middle English Studies.” Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, vol. 97, no. 2, Apr. 2022, pp. 415-468.

Elmes, Melissa Ridley. “Female Friendship in Late Medieval English Literature: Cultural Translation in Chaucer, Gower, and Malory.” Women’s Friendship in Medieval Literature, editor Karma Lochrie and Usha Vishnuvajjala, Ohio State University Press, 2022, pp. 135-154.

Hole, Jennifer. “Expediency versus Ethics: The Problem of Bribery in Late Medieval England.” Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 37, no. 1, 2020, pp. 113-131.

McShane, Kara L. and Gastle, Brian W. “Introduction: Why Teach Gower’s Works?” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, vol. 30, no. 1, 2023, pp. 7-16.

Mitchell, J. Allan. “John Gower Illustrated: The Archer Images, Astronomical Science, and Poetic Identity.” The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 53, no. 2, 2023, pp. 287-321.

Salisbury, Eve. “Gower’s ‘Herte-Thoght’: Thinking, Feeling, Healing.” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, vol. 7, no. 1, 2022. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol7/iss1/2.

Sobecki, Sebastian. “A New Life Record for John Gower, 1396.” Medium Ævum, vol. 89, no. 2, 2020, pp. 381-382.

Yeager, Robert F. “John Gower’s Use of the Ovide Moralisé: A Reconsideration.” Reécritures Et Adaptations De L’Ovide Moralisé (Xivᵉ— Xviiᵉ Siècle), editors Catherine Gaullier-Bougassas and Marylène Possamai-Pérez, Brepols, 2022, pp. 51-67.

 

Back to top

Dissertations

Adams, Abigail M. “Putting Together the Pieces: Excerpts from Rolle, Gower, Chaucer, and Lydgate in Fifteenth-Century Miscellanies.” 2022. The University of Texas at Austin, PhD dissertation.

Blaine Sharp, Joseph E. “Definitions and Depictions of Rhetorical Practice in Medieval English Fürstenspiegel.” 2022. University of Louisville, PhD dissertation.

Chelis, Theodore. “Forms of Shame: Gower, Chaucer, Hoccleve.” 2022. Penn State University, PhD dissertation.

Corinna Leverton, Tara J. “Madmen and Mad Money: Psychological Disability and Economics in Medieval and Early Modern Literature.” 2022. University of Cape Town, PhD dissertation.

Wu, Xiaoling. “A Study of the ‘Lust’ and the ‘Lore’ in Confessio Amantis.” 2019. Zhejiang University, PhD dissertation.

Back to top