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The text is accompanied by a detailed introduction, an essay on the metrical form, the translator's note, marginal glosses, and explanatory annotations to assist readers in the study of this canonical Arthurian romance. 'Contexts' presents two French tales of Sir Gawain and a passage from the Alliterative Morte Arthure , also translated by Marie Borroff, as well as three selections from the original Middle English poem. 'Criticism' collects twelve interpretive essays on the poem's central themes. Contributors include Alain Renoir, Marie Borroff, J. A. Burrow, A. Kent Hieatt, A. C. Spearing, W. A. Davenport, Piero Boitani, Ralph Hanna III, Lynn Staley Johnson, Jonathan Nicholls, Geraldine Heng, and Leo Carruthers. A Chronology of important historical and literary dates and a Selected Bibliography are also included.
Table of Contents
|The Metrical Forms|
|The Translated Text of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight|
|Sir Gawain in Middle English|
|The Green Knight Enters, lines 130-50|
|Sir Gawain's Shield, lines 619-39|
|The Gift of the Green Girdle, lines 1846-69|
|Two Old French Gavain Romances|
|The Knight of the Sword|
|The Mule without a Bridle|
|From the Alliterative Morte Arthure|
|Feast at Christmas|
|Descriptive Technique in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight|
|[The Challenge Episode: A Stylistic Interpretation]|
|[Recognition and Confession at the Green Chapel]|
|Sir Gawain: Pentangle, Luf-Lace, Numerical Structure|
|[The Hero and His Adventure]|
|Unlocking What's Locked: Gawain's Green Girdle|
|[Regenerative Time in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]|
|[The Testing of Courtesy at Camelot and Hautdesert]|
|Feminine Knots and the Other Sir Gawain and the Green Knight|
|The Duke of Clarence and the Earls of March: Garter Knights and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight|
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