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Looking Westward

Poetry, Landscape, and Politics in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Ordelle G. Hill

In Looking Westward, the author argues that a close study of the poetry, landscape, and politics of late thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Wales and the Welsh March is important to a fuller understanding of the Gawain-poet and his poem. Although the poem was likely composed in the northwest Midlands, little attention has been paid to the influences of the west: the Welsh alliterative poets and Henry Grosmont, the physical landscape of Wales and the March, and the political tensions that generated a historical beheading tradition, especially between 1265 and 1330, a tradition that gave way in the court of Edward III to the desire for a harmonious Camelot. This new literary, geographical, and historical perspective provides a better understanding of Sir Gawain and the virtues he embodies and acquires, and the relevance of these virtues in the turbulence of the poet's contemporary world. « less more »
University Press Copublishing Division / University of Delaware Press
Pages: 203Size: 6 3/4 x 9 3/4
978-1-61149-111-1 • Hardback • March 2009 • $70.00 • (£47.95) - Currently out of stock. Copies will arrive soon.
Ordelle G. Hill is professor emeritus from Eastern Kentucky University.
Hill is an enthusiastic guide to SGGK.
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