Dr Stephanie L. Batkie has recently released a trio of articles on the tri-lingual work of the 14th-century poet John Gower. A friend of Chaucer, Gower wrote extensively across French, English, and Latin, and Dr. Batkie’s work looks at Gower’s use of all three languages as they relate to questions of devotional practices and poetic structures in the later Middle Ages.
“Loving Confession in the Confessio Amantis,” which appears in the journal Studies in the Age of Chaucer, examines the narrative quality of medieval confession in Gower’s most famous English poem. Drawing on Gower’s writings in French and English, she finds that the poem’s use of love-language and the language of confession overlap in the idea of memory and narrative identity, producing a poetic structure that prolongs the pleasure (and occasionally the frustration) that medieval readers and modern scholars take in the text.
“The Sound of My Voice: Aurality and Credibility in Gower’s Vox Clamantis” has been published as a chapter in the collection John Gower: Others and the Self. In it, Dr. Batkie explores how Gower uses sound-based wordplay in his longest Latin work. The article argues that Gower’s Latin writing deliberately tries to produce modes of devotion and faith based on readers’ engagement with poetic forms found in the text.
Lastly, she has contributed “John Gower’s Latin Manuscripts,” a survey of research and information about the material conditions of Gower’s works in Latin, to the new Rutledge Research Companion to John Gower.
In addition, along with Dr. Matthew Irvin, Dr. Batkie is also in the process of co-producing a new, scholarly version of Gower’s most ambitious Latin work, the Vox Clamantis, in a two-volume, facing page edition and translation.
More information on Dr. Batkie's life and work can be found here.