A Companion to the Gawain-Poet (Arthurian Studies v.38 New edition)

A Companion to the Gawain-Poet (Arthurian Studies v.38 New edition)

By: Jonathan Gibson (editor), Derek Brewer (editor)Paperback

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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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Part 1 Theories of authorship, Malcolm Andrew; Part 2 Poetic identity, A.C. Spearing; Part 3 Gender and sexual transgression, Jane Gilbert; Part 4 The historical background, Michael J. Bennett; Part 5 Christianity for courtly subjects - reflections on the "Gawain"-poet, David Aers; Part 6 The materials of culture: landscape and geography, Ralph Elliott; castles, Michael Thompson; feasts, Derek Brewer; jewels in "Pearl", Felicity Riddy; the hunts in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", Anne Rooney; armour I, Michael Lacy; armour II - the arming topos as literature, Derek Brewer; the colour green, Derek Brewer; some names, Derek Brewer. Part 7 The manuscript - British Library MS Cotton Nero Ax, A.S.G. Edwards; Part 8 meter, stanza, vocabulary, dialect, H.N. Duggan; Part 9 Sources I - the sources of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", Elisabeth Brewer. Part 10 Sources II - scriptural and devotional sources, Richard Newhauser; Part 11 The supernatural, Helen Cooper. Part 12 The "Gawain"-poet as a vernacular theologian, Nicholas Watson. Part 13 Allegory and symbolism, Priscilla Martin. Part 14 Narrative form and insight, Nick Davis. Part 15 Courtesy and chivalry in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" - the order of shame and the invention of embarrassment, Derek Pearsall. Part 16 "Sir Gawain" - some later versions: "The Grene Knight", Gillian Rogers; "Sir Gawain" at the fin de siecle - novel and opera, Barry Windeatt; Sir Gawain in films, David J. Williams.

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  • publication date: 27/05/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780859915298
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 460
  • ID: 9780859915298
  • weight: 640
  • ISBN10: 0859915298
  • edition: New edition

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