Gower's Reception, 1400-1700.

Edwards, Robert R.

Gower's Reception, 1400-1700.

Edwards, Robert R. "Gower's Reception, 1400-1700." In Ana Sáez-Hidalgo, Brian Gastle, and R. F. Yeager, eds. The Routledge Research Companion to John Gower (Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. 197-209.

Through various tactics of authorial self-presentation, Gower largely controlled his own reception, even promoting his own work by the term "moral" also attached to him by Chaucer (197). In many testimonials following his death, Gower is cited as a canonical author generally linked with Chaucer, for example, in Bokenham's "Legendys of Hooly Wummen" (200). Manuscript culture gives evidence for an engaged readership, as shown by the creation of tables of contents, more illuminations, and excerpted versions, some possibly reflecting the interests of women (202-04). Early print editions are reviewed, several containing a dedication to Henry VIII (203-05). Early modern authors, including Shakespeare, found source material in Gower (205-06). [LBB. Copyright. The John Gower Society. eJGN 37.2.]


Gower Subjects
Influence and Later Allusion
Manuscripts and Textual Studies
Facsimiles, Editions, and Translations