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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight By William Vantuono

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William Vantuono

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This edition focuses on the Middle English text, with a Modern English Verse translation on facing pages and extensive notes at the bottom of the pages. It discusses the manuscript, the anonymous poet and his other poems, and the structure of the poem and its audience, themes and characterization.

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Summary

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William Vantuono

This comprehensive, critical edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the fruit of William Vantuono's research on the fourteenth-century romance. In combining fantasy and realism, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight praises court life with an undercurrent of satire against a declining chivalric ideal. The poem calls up from the mythic past the shadows of archetypal figures, yet inspires modern psychoanalytic interpretations, and entertains while teaching a moral-religious lesson. The heart of this edition is the Middle English text, with a Modern English verse translation on facing pages and extensive notes at the bottom of the pages. A discussion of the manuscript, the anonymous poet and his other poems, the structure of the poem and its audience, themes, characterization, and purpose serves as a valuable introduction to the classic. With this translation, Vantuono aims to follow the original as closely as possible without sacrificing the poem's essential meaning and mood. The notes reveal the literal sense of the Middle English vocabulary where necessary changes were made for poetic effect. The reader is therefore able to compare the Middle English original, the translation, and the notes to learn about the old language, the content of the poem, the poet's artistry, and the process of translation.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Reviews

Vantuono's methodology is highly successful, for the pulsating beat and the exuberant spirit of Gawain are recreated in his translation. -Speculum

About William Vantuono

William Vantuono is an independent scholar who has retired from teaching. He is the author of The Pearl Poems: An Omnibus Edition, The Pearl Poem in Middle and Modern English, and Old and Middle English Texts with Accompanying Textual and Linguistic Apparatus.

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NLS9780268017675
9780268017675
0268017670
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William Vantuono
New
Paperback
University of Notre Dame Press
19990715
364
N/A
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