International John Gower Society

The John Gower Society (JGS) is dedicated to the study of the 14th-century poet John Gower. The Society promotes and encourages this study in several ways:

  • by disseminating and supporting scholarship related to John Gower;
  • by promoting the teaching of John Gower;
  • by organizing and publicizing events related to the study and teaching of Gower’s works;
  • by publicly recognizing, through the annual John Hurt Fisher Award, “significant contributions to the field of John Gower studies.”

2020 V International Gower Congress

University of Notre Dame
29 June – 1 July

Call for Papers
(DUE 1 Sept, 2019)

The Online Gower Bibliography

The John Gower Bibliography Online (JGBO) is a joint effort of the John Gower Society and The University of Texas at San Antonio Library.

2017 Gower IV Congress, Durham, England

A full session

2017 Gower IV Congress, Durham, England

Golfing Gowerians

2017 Gower IV Congress, Durham, England

Gowerians at the Gardens

2017 Gower IV Congress, Durham, England

Where do Gowerians go post-Congress? Why the Bodleian of course!

William Caxton’s 1483 edition of John Gower’s Confessio Amantis
UNC-Chapel Hill Incunabula 532.5, fol. 7r
Permission courtesy of Rare Book Collection
Wilson Special Collections Library

The John Gower Society hosts manuscript and early book images, original scholarship, and other materials related to the study and teaching of Gower’s works and his influence.

John Gower’s Transformation of the Tale of Constance from Nicholas Trevet’s Of the Noble Lady Constance

Edited by Peter G. Beidler, Lehigh University Download PDF of the Project Introduction: Peter G. Beidler My dozen...

Dream of Nebuchadnezzar and Confession Miniatures in Gower’s Confessio Amantis

by Joyce Coleman The following chart and accompanying excel file reflects a compilation of known Dream of...

Teaching John Gower as Protest Poet

Kara McShane, Ursinus College The following materials were presented and discussed at the 2019 International Congress...

Publications of the John Gower Society

About the Series This series aims to provide a forum for critical studies of the poetry of John Gower and its...

A Listing of the Rhymes in Gower’s Confessio Amantis

by Gyöngyi Werthmüller The following is a computer-generated listing of all the rhymes in Gower's Confessio Amantis....

Gower and #MeToo

Georgiana Donavin, Westminster College The following materials were presented and discussed at the 2019 International...

MS Add 59495: The Trentham Manuscript

British Library MS Additional 59495, known to early editors and modern Gower scholars alike as the Trentham...

Teaching Gower In a Medieval Survey Class: Manuscript Culture and Prologues in Gower and Chaucer

Malte Urban, Aberystwyth University The following materials were presented and discussed at the 2019 International...

UNC-CH RBC Incunabula 532.5: A Caxton Confessio

UNC-CH Catalogue Entry: Published:  Westminster, William Caxton, 2 Sept. 1493 [i.e. 1483] Description: [9], 2-ccxi...

Leveraging Gen Ed Student Learning Outcomes: Florent, Wife of Bath, and Dame Ragnell

Brian Gastle, Western Carolina University (WCU) The following materials were presented and discussed at the 2019...