Gower and Medicine

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Eve Salisbury / Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media
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Recent innovations in narrative medicine, cognitive science, and theories of the body's experience of pain have opened up new paths of inquiry into literary work from the Middle Ages to our own postmodern moment. In an attempt to update and expand upon the early work of George G. Fox on John Gower's relation to and knowledge of the medieval sciences, Accessus seeks essays that focus on one or more of Gower's works in conjunction with medieval treatises, herbals, lapidaries, encyclopedias, health books, and other relevant materials. Essays might address Gower's deployment of metaphors of illness and healing, blindness, auditory impairment, diseases of the mouth, heart, brain, psychological-physiological disjunctions, traumatic injuries, the effects of pain on the human body, and the body of poetry that gives pain a voice. Essays of 20 pages or more, conforming to Chicago Notes and Bibliography Style, must be submitted by October 1, 2015 to the journal's homepage: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/