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Honour and Shame in <i>Sir Gawain and The Green Knight</i>

J.A. Burrow

in Essays on Medieval Literature

Published in print March 1984 | ISBN: 9780198111870
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198111870.003.0007
Honour and Shame in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

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Honour and shame are considered as twin themes in the literature of this time, and these have been much studied by social anthropologists. These themes, which can be found in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, seem to have been taken for granted. This chapter discusses honour and shame in this literary work, and takes a look at the workings of honour and shame in the Arthurian world.

Keywords: honour; shame; social anthropologists; Sir Gawain; literary work; Arthurian world

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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