John Gower and the Law

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Conrad van Dyk

This Cfp is for a session on John Gower and the Law as part of the Third International Congress of the John Gower Society, to be held at the University of Rochester from June 30 to July 3, 2014.
Law is central to the works of the fourteenth-century poet John Gower. From the diatribe against lawyers in the Mirour to the complex treatment of canon law prohibitions on incest in the Confessio, at every stage Gower's project is informed by legal considerations. John Hurt Fisher even suggested that Gower himself was trained as a lawyer.

This session is open to any paper proposals that touch on Gower and the law. Here are some possible subject areas, although this list is not exhaustive:

- Types of law: natural, common, canon, divine, etc.
- Specific sins as crimes (e.g., Homicide as a species of Wrath)
- Comparisons with other writers (Chaucer, Langland, etc.)
- Jurisprudence (e.g., Gower's understanding of concepts like justice or mercy)
- Law and politics (including constitutional questions)
- Law and narrative
- Law and love

Please submit paper proposals of 150-200 words to Conrad van Dyk at Deadline: July 1st, 2013.