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Overlapping Mythologies: The Political Afterlives of Frame Narratives in Gower’s Confessio Amantis and Lydgate’s Fall of Princes

  • Amanda J. Gerber
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Abstract

“Overlapping Mythologies: The Political Afterlives of Frame Narratives in Gower’s Confessio Amantis and Lydgate’s Fall of Princes” provides an overview of the increasingly political emphases of the frame narrative during the late Middle Ages, observing how it came to be intertwined with mirrors for princes. Examining Gower’s Confessio Amantis and Lydgate’s Fall of Princes in particular, this chapter uses evidence from Ovidian commentaries as well as Chaucerian and Boccaccian adaptations to reveal how both Gower and Lydgate deviated from the traditional allegorical approaches to which scholars tend to connect them. Focusing instead on the interpretive context generated for their embedded narratives, this chapter uncovers a network of competing discourse communities that both authors blend into cohesive poetic texts.

Keywords

Source Text Narrative Voice Frame Narrative Canterbury Tale Pagan Interpreter 
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© Amanda J. Gerber 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda J. Gerber
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  1. 1.Eastern New Mexico UniversityUSA

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