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The Temptation Scenes

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the similarity between the temptation scenes in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and in Chretien de Troyes' Perlesvaus. It suggests that the temptations in both works took the ... More


The Social Function of Courtly Romance

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the social function of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the romantic works of Chretien de Troyes. It questions the assumption that Arthurian romance displays a resentment and ... More


The Convention of Hospitality

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the description of hospitality in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It compares the hospitality scene in this work to those of Old French Arthurian romances and suggests that ... More


Honour and Honesty: The Heroic Ideal in Courtly Romance

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the presentation of the virtues of honour and honesty in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which were considered the heroic ideal in courtly romance. It compares the honour and ... More


Courtesy and Chivalry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Greg Walker

in Reading Literature Historically: Drama and Poetry from Chaucer to the Reformation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748681013
eISBN:
9780748684434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681013.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Chapter four considers the celebrated opening fitt of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, suggesting how its rich depiction of conduct at King Arthur’s court serves to exemplify and interrogate ... More


Wilds, wastes and wilderness

Gillian Rudd

in Greenery: Ecocritical Readings of Late Medieval English Literature

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719072482
eISBN:
9781781701713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719072482.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

This chapter examines the idea of wilderness, which may be even more evocative than that of the forest. It describes the wilderness as being able to create images of vast expanses of untamed and ... More


Introduction: Sir Gawain and French Arthurian Romance

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the connection between the romantic fiction Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the French tradition of Arthurian romance. ... More


The Landscape of Courtly Romance

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the civilizing impulse in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by considering the opposite of civilization or the world outside the castle. Unlike most authors of romantic fiction, ... More


Hunting and fortune in the Book of the Duchess and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Frank Grady

in Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781526129154
eISBN:
9781526141996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526129154.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Some Middle English narratives juxtapose representations of hunting and histories of aristocratic loss. The Book of the Duchess and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight redirect anxieties about the ... More


The Wild Man 2: The Uncourtly Other

DOROTHY YAMAMOTO

in The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186748
eISBN:
9780191718564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter explores two apparent opposites, wild man and knight. Neither term is stable, as each draws upon the other to confirm its own identity. As the two sides skirmish, the boundary between ... More


Magic that doesn't work

Helen Cooper

in The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199248865
eISBN:
9780191719394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248865.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The most interesting uses of magic and the supernatural in romance are those where potential wonder at the magic is displaced by wonder at the virtue of the hero (as in some lais of Marie de France); ... More


Conclusion

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the connection between the romantic fiction Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the French tradition of Arthurian romance. The findings reveal ... More


Imagining Otherworlds

Aisling Byrne

in Otherworlds: Fantasy and History in Medieval Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198746003
eISBN:
9780191808708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746003.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Folk Literature

This chapter develops an initial reading of otherworld encounters that highlights their role within the texts in which they are embedded, rather than their relationship to the historical context in ... More


The Bellator and Chevalerie: The Struggle for the Warrior’s Soul

Laura Ashe

in The Oxford English Literary History: Volume I: 1000-1350: Conquest and Transformation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780199575381
eISBN:
9780191845420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199575381.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter describes the origins and development of chivalry, asking when knights began to believe that their lives were not inherently sinful. It traces the influence of the Crusades, and the ... More


Alliterative Poetry and the Time of Antiquity

Emily Steiner

in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 1: 800–1558

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199587230
eISBN:
9780191820410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587230.003.0019
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the time of classical antiquity in English alliterative poetry, c.1360–1420, a period of intense literary creativity. Alliterative poets in this period were attracted to what ... More


My Pronoun, ’tis of Thee: Thou Art Lost and Gone Forever

Allan Metcalf

in The Life of Guy: Guy Fawkes, the Gunpowder Plot, and the Unlikely History of an Indispensable Word

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190669201
eISBN:
9780190060794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190669201.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

Chapter 8 interrupts the narrative to explain the importance of the further development of “Guy” to “guy” or “guys.” It tells about the second-person personal pronouns of English from Old English ... More


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