Diane Watt's Amoral Gower: Language, Sex, and Politics: Language, Sex and PDF

By Diane Watt

ISBN-10: 0816640270

ISBN-13: 9780816640270

ISBN-10: 0816640289

ISBN-13: 9780816640287

"Moral Gower" he used to be referred to as via buddy and someday rival Geoffrey Chaucer, and his Confessio Amantis has been considered as an easy research of the universe, combining erotic narratives with moral information and political observation. Diane Watt bargains the 1st sustained interpreting of John Gower's Confessio to argue that this early vernacular textual content deals no actual suggestions to the moral difficulties it raises-and in truth actively encourages "perverse" readings.

Drawing on a mixture of queer and feminist concept, moral feedback, and psychoanalytic, historicist, and textual feedback, Watt specializes in the language, intercourse, and politics in Gower's writing. How, she asks, is Gower's Confessio regarding modern controversies over vernacular translation and debates approximately language politics? How is Gower's remedy of rhetoric and language gendered and sexualized, and what bearing does this have at the moral and political constitution of the textual content? what's the courting among the erotic, moral, and political sections of Confessio Amantis? Watt demonstrates that Gower engaged within the kind of severe pondering in general linked to Chaucer and William Langland whilst that she contributes to fashionable debates concerning the ethics of criticism.

Diane Watt is senior lecturer in English on the college of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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