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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.
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Vantuono's (1927-96) first edition and translation of the 14th-century Middle English romance was in a collection with other works by the Pearl Poet in 1984. This one, based on his subsequent study, he completed only 10 days before he died. Facing pages present the Middle English text and a modern translation. Brief footnotes and fuller endnotes give the literal meaning of original words or phrases in cases where the translation is not able to do so and make sense. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268017675
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: Revised, Bilingual English and Middle En
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Vantuono's Translation is a pleasure to read. He captures the essence of the poems plot and feel. The footnotes to the original resolve potential translation problems. The commentary is provided detailed background, and is a good starting point for a in depth inquiry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Vantuono's translation is very true to the original; his critical notes are thorough and a great aid to further research; the bibliography will keep me busy for a while. Huzzah

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