Teaching Guide Sir Gawain & the Green Knight
Edited by: Miriam Youngerman Miller and Jane Chance
One of the most widely taught medieval English Poems, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight still provides many challenges for teachers. What is the best way to explain to students its alliteration and unusual stanzaic form?
Why does the poet begin with the fall of Troy? On what Arthurian tradition is the author drawing? Would the lady's nehavior have been conventional in the Middle Ages? Why does Arthur's court laugh in the end-is the poem a comedy?
In this volume, twenty-four teachers offer strategies for successfully presenting the perplexities of Sir Gawain in a variety of courses.
Like other books in the Aprroches of Teaching World Literature series, Approches to Teaching Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is divided into two parts. Part 1, "Materials," surveys materials useful to classroom instruction, such as translations, anthologies, reference works, and teaching aids.
Part 2, "Approaches," begins with background essays on teaching the poem within the traditions of romance, chivalry, courtly love, religion and law, and medieval aesthetics. The Essays that follow discuss ways to include the poem, both in translation and in the original, in courses ranging from freshman compsition
to graduate seminars. A final section includes ideas that can be adapted to any class from reqading the poem aloud to sponsoring a medieval banquet.
FA Code - FAB147
UPC Code - 9780873524926
ISBN Code - 0-87352-492-6