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"In Propria Persona": Artifice, Politics, and Propriety in John Gower's Confessio Amantis

dc.contributor.advisor Beckwith, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Irvin, Matthew William
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-18T16:36:43Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-31T05:30:08Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/1668
dc.description.abstract <p>This dissertation examines the use of personae, the rhetorical artifices by which an author creates different voices, in John Gower's Confessio Amantis. I argue that the Confessio attempts to expose how discourses of sexual desire alienate subjects from their proper place in the political world, and produce artificial personae that only appear socially engaged. The first three chapters consider the creation of the personae in the context of medieval Aristotelian political thought and the Roman de la Rose tradition. The last three chapters examine the extended discourse of Gower's primary personae in the Confessio Amantis, drawing upon Gower's other works and the history of Gower criticism.</p>
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Literature, Medieval
dc.subject Literature, English
dc.subject Amans
dc.subject Confessio Amantis
dc.subject Genius
dc.subject Gower
dc.subject persona
dc.subject poetry
dc.title "In Propria Persona": Artifice, Politics, and Propriety in John Gower's Confessio Amantis
dc.type Dissertation
dc.department English
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