This course will read a selection of Middle English romances involving the hero Gawain, supported by some (translated) Old French romances as comparative sources. We will examine questions such as: can there be a consistent character across diverse story-worlds? How do texts in a wide literary tradition relate to one another? How do these texts talk to and interrogate one another? We will consider aspects of adaptation theory, folklore studies, gender studies, and changing medieval genres to answer these questions.

Students must purchase:
Ad Putter and Myra Stokes, eds, 'The Works of the Gawain Poet' (Penguin, 2014)
Chrétien de Troyes, 'Arthurian Romances', trans Carlton Carrol with William Kibler (Penguin, 2004)
These will be made available through Payot.
Other readings will be drawn from Thomas Hahn, 'Sir Gawain: Eleven Romances and Tales' (TEAMS texts, 1995), which is available online If a hard copy is desired, students may order through Amazon or other suppliers.