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Fathers and Daughters in Gower's <I>Confessio Amantis</I> : Authority, Family, State, and Writing - Maria Bullon-Fernandez

Fathers and Daughters in Gower's Confessio Amantis

Authority, Family, State, and Writing

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2000
ISBN: 9780859915786
Number Of Pages: 250

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Fathers and daughters are central to some of the most significant tales in Gower's poem. Using feminist and anthropological approaches, Bullon-Fernandez argues that father-daughter relationships, and the associated theme of incest that they sometimes suggest, enable Gower to examine authority relationships in three interconnected spheres: family, state, and text. She suggests that Gower perceived the relationships between kings and subjects and between authors and texts as similar to paternal relationships with a daughter; and further, that Gower regarded the law of exogamy as at the core of patriarchal society. As a father may not commit incest with his daughter and a king may not abuse his authority, so the writer (as in "Pygmaleon and the Statue"), must curb his desire to control the meaning of his creation. Thus, even as he is concerned with the limits of authority in the familial, political and textual realms, Gower also exposes the inherently transgressive nature of such authority.

Dr MARIA BULLON-FERNANDEZ is Assistant Professor of Middle English literature, Seattle University.

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Close and nuanced analyses ofer readings that are subtle, often surprising, and always convincing. The work's greatest strength is its graceful incorporation of historical context and theoretical approach. MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM

Fathers and Daughters: Defining Authorityp. 1
Redeeming Daughters: Thaise, Peronelle, and Constancep. 42
Fathers as Husbands, Husbands as Fathers: Supplantation and Exchange in the "Tale of the False Bachelor" and the "Tale of Albinus and Rosemund"p. 102
Limiting Authority: Leucothoe, Virginia, and Canacep. 130
Textual Fathers and Textual Daughters: The "Tale of Rosiphelee," the "Tale of Jephthah's Daughter," and "Pygmaleon and the Statue"p. 173
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780859915786
ISBN-10: 0859915786
Series: Publications of the John Gower Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 1st June 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 16.82  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.53

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