Fragments: Past and Present in Chaucer and Gower by Malte UrbanFragments: Past and Present in Chaucer and Gower by Malte Urban

Fragments: Past and Present in Chaucer and Gower

byMalte Urban

Paperback | November 18, 2008

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This book examines the ways in which Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower appropriated their sources, paying particular attention to the theories of history and political agendas informing these appropriations. The study offers comparative readings of Chaucer’s and Gower’s works, framed by a concern with twentieth-century theories that explore the limits of historicist and deconstructive readings of late medieval texts. Starting with Gower’s Vox Clamantis, the chapters offer largely chronological readings of texts such as Chaucer’s dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde, the Tale of Melibee and the Physician’s Tale, and a selection of tales from Gower’s Confessio Amantis. The querying historicism pursued in these readings offers a new way of considering late medieval literature, focusing on close-reading and a dialogue between medieval and post-medieval cultural discourses.
The Author: Malte Urban studied English and History at Potsdam University, Germany, before obtaining an M.A. in English Literary Studies and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has since taught at King’s College London and is now a lecturer in Late Medieval Literature at the Queen’s University, Belfast.
Title:Fragments: Past and Present in Chaucer and GowerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:5.91 × 8.66 × 0.68 inPublished:November 18, 2008Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3039113763

ISBN - 13:9783039113767


Table of Contents

Contents: Gower’s Vox Clamantis and the Politics of History – Chaucer’s Dream Visions and Authority – Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and the Myth of Trojan Origins – Gower’s Use of Troy – Chaucer’s Tale of Melibee, Gower’s Confessio VII, and the Use of Reading – Chaucer’s and Gower’s stories of Virginia and the Body of History.