Places of the Imagination

Thorlac Turville‐Petre

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Places of the Imagination

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This article examines the place of imagination in medieval English literature, focusing on the Gawain poet. It explains that alliterative are particularly good at visualizing a scene in precise detail and the Gawain poet was able to see the psychological and spiritual condition of his three protagonists when they are at their most vulnerable and alone. It compares the imaginative aspects Sir Gawain and the Green Knight with the Parlement of the Thre Ages and narrative of the Old Testament Book of Jonah.

Keywords: imagination; English literature; Gawain poet; alliterative poet; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Parlement of the Thre Ages; Book of Jonah

Article.  7498 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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