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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance$
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Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198182535

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.001.0001

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Sir Gawain and French Arthurian Romance

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

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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. This book specifically examines the connections between the heroic ideal in this fiction and in earlier Arthurian romance and between their interest in polite manners and peaceful interpersonal relations. It aims to trace the literary influences that lie behind Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and to understand the tradition to which it belongs historically.

Keywords:   Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Arthurian romance, French romance, romantic fiction, literary influence, French literature

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