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Sir Gawain and the Classical Tradition: Essays on the Ancient Antecedents

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Januar 2006

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The 14th century English alliterative poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is admired for its morally complex plot and brilliant poetics. Although the poem is a combination of English alliterative meter, romanticism, Celtic lore, continental materials and Latin classics, the extent to which Classical antecedents affected the poem is a point of continued controversy among literary scholars. This collection of essays by scholars of diverse interests addresses this puzzling and fascinating question. The introduction provides an expansive background for the topic, and subsequent essays explore the extent to which classical Greek, Roman, Arabic, Christian and Celtic influences are revealed in the poem's opening and closing allusions, themes, and composition. Essays discuss the way in which the anonymous author of Sir Gawain employs figural echoes of classical materials, cultural memoirs of past British tradition, and romantic re-textualizations of Trojan and British literature.
EAN: 9780786420735
ISBN: 0786420731
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: MCFARLAND & CO INC
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2006
Seitenanzahl: 217 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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