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This volume serves as an introduction to the critical principles and practices of the rewned medievalist Theodore Silverstein. It contains a selection of important essays by Silverstein which illuminate the formal achievement of a range of medieval poets from Chaucer through Dante to the authors of various Gawain romances. In the center, however, stands the anymous Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which is analysed from various perspectives. Together these essays exemplify a rhetorical poetics of medieval narrative. They are complemented by contributions on courtly love and literary allegory.
The Author: Theodore Silverstein (1904-2001) was among the most distinguished literary medievalists of the 20th century. He was one of the last to earn a doctorate under George Lyman Kittredge of Harvard. From 1947 until his retirement, he taught at the University of Chicago. After retirement he continued to be an active editor, translator and critic. The Editor: John C. Jacobs was one of the last to complete a doctorate under Silverstein's guidance at the University of Chicago. Since 1987, he has taught at Loyola University Chicago.