V International Congress of the John Gower Society: “Gower in Contexts: His Words, His Books, His Heritage”

deadline for submissions: 
September 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
John Gower Society
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The John Gower Society invites proposals for presentations at the V International Congress of the Society, July 7- 10, with an optional excursion 11 July, 2023, on the campus of the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. The Congress theme, “Gower in Contexts: His Words, His Books, His Heritage,” is broadly understood, to encompass: 

  • - interpretative, linguistic, and/or stylistic discussions of his poetry;
  • - books behind the books he wrote—his sources;
  • - published forms his work has taken, both in manuscript and print;
  • - his poetic legacy, including the nature and extent of his influence on his contemporaries and later writers;
  • - Gower in the classroom. 

In addition to proposals for individual papers consonant with the Congress theme, full paper sessions and/or roundtables organized around a relevant topic are also encouraged. 

Proposals of all types should be no more than 250 words in length, and sent to R. F. Yeager, President of the Society, via email at rfyeager@hotmail.com or alternatively to Brian Gastle, by either email bgastle@email.wcu.edu or by post, Department of English, 305 Coulter Hall, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723. 

The deadline for receipt of proposals is 1 September, 2022.

N.B. Presenters originally scheduled for the cancelled 2020 Congress at Notre Dame may be included automatically in the 2023 program. If your paper was accepted for the 2020 Congress, and you wish to present at the 2023 Congress, please email R. F. Yeager (rfyeager@hotmail.com) with your updated title and a brief (a few sentences would be fine) precis if your focus has changed or developed significantly.