A Companion to the Gawain-Poet
Title Details

18th November 2007

452 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

18 b/w. 13 line. Illustrations

Series: Arthurian Studies

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

A Companion to the Gawain-Poet

Edited by Derek Brewer and Jonathan Gibson

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`Provides an excellent one-volume guide to the works of the anonymous Gawain-poet.' CHOICE
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 includetheories 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. Afull bibliography completes the volume.

The late DEREK BREWER was Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Cambridge; JONATHAN GIBSON has worked as a lecturer in the Universities of Exeter and Durham.
Introduction - Derek S Brewer
Theories of Authorship - Malcolm Andrew
Poetic Identity - A C Spearing ***
Gender and Sexual Transgression - Jane Gilbert
The Historical Background -
Christianity for Courtly Subjects: Reflections on the Gawain-Poet - David Aers
The Materials of Culture: Landscape and Geography - Ralph W V Elliott
The Materials of Culture: Castles - Michael Thompson
The Materials of Culture: Feasts - Derek S Brewer
The Materials of Culture: Jewels in Pearl - Felicity Riddy
The Materials of Culture: The Hunts in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Anne Rooney
The Materials of Culture: Armour I - Michael Lacy
The Materials of Culture: Armour II: The Arming Topos as Literature - Derek S Brewer
The Materials of Culture: The Colour Green - Derek S Brewer
The Materials of Culture: Some Names - Derek S Brewer
The Manuscript: British Library MS Cotton Nero A.x - A S G Edwards
Meter, Stanza, Vocabulary, Dialect - Hoyt N Duggan
Sources I: The Sources of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Elisabeth Brewer
Sources II: Scriptural and Devotional Sources - Richard G. Newhauser
The Supernatural - Helen Cooper
The Gawain-Poet as a Vernacular Theologian - Nicholas Watson
Allegory and Symbolism - Priscilla Martin
Narrative Form and Insight - Nick Davis
Courtesy and Chivalry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: The Order of Shame and the Invention of Embarrassment - Derek Pearsall
SIR GAWAIN: SOME LATER VERSIONS The Grene Knight - Gillian E Rogers
SIR GAWAIN: SOME LATER VERSIONS Sir Gawain at the fin de siècle: Novel and Opera - Barry A Windeatt
SIR GAWAIN: SOME LATER VERSIONS Sir Gawain in Films - David J. Williams
Bibliography
"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

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Title Details

18th November 2007

452 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

18 b/w. 13 line. Illustrations

Series: Arthurian Studies

Imprint: D.S.Brewer