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A Companion to the Gawain-Poet : Arthurian Studies - Derek Brewer

A Companion to the Gawain-Poet

Arthurian Studies

By: Derek Brewer (Editor), Jonathan Gibson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 18th November 2007
ISBN: 9780859915298
Number Of Pages: 452

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The essays collected here on the Gawain-Poet offer stimulating introductions to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Cleanness and Patience, providing both information and original analysis. Topics include theories of authorship; the historical and social background to the poems, with individual sections on particularly important features within them; gender roles in the poems; the manuscript itself; the metre, vocabulary and dialect of the poems; and their sources. A section devoted to Sir Gawain investigates the ideas of courtesy and chivalry found within it, and explores some of its later adaptations from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. A full bibliography completes the volume.DEREK BREWER is Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Cambridge; JONATHAN GIBSON has worked as a lecturer in the Universities of Exeter and Durham.

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This superb collection of introductory essays by leading scholars and critics provides an excellent one-volume guide to the works of the anonymous Gawain-poet. CHOICE Impressive collection of essays... will surely become a key starting point for any new work on the poet and poems. SPECULUM A boon companion, an essential guide, for those setting out to explore the world of this fascinating poet. ARTHURIANA All students and scholars of the Middle English Pearl, Cleanness, Patience and Sir Gawain will want to consult this valuable new compendium. ANGLIA

List of Illustrations
Conventions and Abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
Theories of Authorshipp. 23
Poetic Identityp. 35
Gender and Sexual Transgressionp. 53
The Historical Backgroundp. 71
Christianity for Courtly Subjects: Reflections on the Gawain-Poetp. 91
The Materials of Culture
Landscape and Geographyp. 105
Castlesp. 119
Feastsp. 131
Jewels in Pearlp. 143
The Hunts in Sir Gawain and the Green Knightp. 157
Armour Ip. 165
Armour II: The Arming Topos as Literaturep. 175
The Colour Greenp. 181
Some Namesp. 191
The Manuscript: British Library MS Cotton Nero A.xp. 197
Meter, Stanza, Vocabulary, Dialectp. 221
Sources I: The Sources of Sir Gawain and the Green Knightp. 243
Sources II: Scriptural and Devotional Sourcesp. 257
The Supernaturalp. 277
The Gawain-Poet as a Vernacular Theologianp. 293
Allegory and Symbolismp. 315
Narrative Form and Insightp. 329
Courtesy and Chivalry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: The Order of Shame and the Invention of Embarrassmentp. 351
Sir Gawain: Some Later Versions
The Grene Knightp. 365
Sir Gawain at the fin de siecle: Novel and Operap. 373
Sir Gawain in Filmsp. 385
Bibliographyp. 393
Subject Indexp. 428
General Indexp. 430
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ISBN: 9780859915298
ISBN-10: 0859915298
Series: Arthurian Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 452
Published: 18th November 2007
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.51 x 24.77  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Type: New edition