Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Text and Critical Introduction

Want to get to grips with the Middle English in the beautiful poem 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight', understand the historical setting, the structure of the poem, and much more...

The book is unique in providing:

  • a newly edited Middle English text;
  • interlinear translation;
  • section by section commentary;
  • contemporary illustrations.
  • Chapters on:
    • historical background
    • the plot
    • alliterative poetry
    • sources and analogies
    • an interpretation of the poem

The author's aim is to meet the needs of students up to undergraduate level, of their teachers, and of the general reader who wishes to experience, enjoy and appreciate one of the great works of world literature.

Chapter 1: Historical Background

  • The Manuscript
  • The Gawain Poet and His World
  • Sources and Influences

Chapter 2: The Plot

  • Exposition: Setting and Characters
  • The Problem
  • Rising Action
  • Climax
  • Falling Action
  • Denouement
  • Overview

Chapter 3: The Characteristics of Alliterative Poetry
Chapter 4: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

  • Introduction
  • FITT 1
  • FITT 2
  • FITT 3
  • FITT 4

Chapter 5: Sources and Analogies of SGGK

  • The Challenge
  • The Temptation
  • The Exchange of Winnings
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Chapter 6: A Reading of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

  • The Ideal of Knighthood
  • Narrative Perspective
  • Structure
  • The Education of Sir Gawain
  • Conclusion: The Fatal Flaw in Sir Gawain

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