Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the French Arthurian Romance by Ad Putter

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the French Arthurian Romance

byAd Putter

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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This is an innovative and original exploration of the connections between Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, one of the most well-known works of medieval English literature, and the tradition of French Arthurian romance, best-known through the works of Chretien de Troyes two centuries earlier.The book compares Gawain with a wide range of French Arthurian romances, exploring their recurrent structural patterns ad motifs, their ethical orientation and the social context in which they were produced. It presents a wealth of new sources and analogues, which provide illuminating points ofcomparison for analysis of the self-consciousness with which the Gawain-poet handled the staple ingredients of Arthurian romance. Throughout, Ad Putter plays close attention to the ways in which the modes of representation of Arthurian romance are related to social and historical context. Byrevealing in the course of their romances the importance of conscience, courtliness, and self-restraint, literati such as the Gawain-poet and Chretien de Troyes helped a feudal society with an obsolete chivalric ideology adapt to the changing times.

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Ad Putter is at University of Bristol.
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Title:Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the French Arthurian RomanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:292 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198182538

ISBN - 13:9780198182535

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`astute and well-written book ... His work offers some valuable insights into the ways that an understanding of its relationship to French romance models can reveal the underlying ethical bases of this most complex of Middle English romances ... this is a book to be welcomed. Its careful andwide-ranging scholarship is wedded to a sensitive literary intelligence, a conjunction which has produced a valuable contribution to the study of medieval English romance.'A.S.G. Edwards, RES New Series, Vol. XLVIII, No. 190 (1997)