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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Ad Putter


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 and 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 of comparison ... More

Keywords: Gawain, Arthurian romance, Chretien de Troyes, structural patterns, motifs, ethical orientation, social context, conscience, courtliness, feudalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198182535
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ad Putter, author
University of Bristol