By Susanne Rupp, Tobias Doering

ISBN-10: 141759117X

ISBN-13: 9781417591176

ISBN-10: 9042018054

ISBN-13: 9789042018051

Groups have usually formed themselves round cultural areas set aside and declared sacred. For this goal, church buildings, clergymen or students at least writers usually perform giving sacred figures an area habitation and, occasionally, voice or identify. yet no matter what websites, rites, pictures or narratives have therefore been built, in addition they increase a few advanced questions: how can the sacred be awarded and but guarded, claimed but hid, staged in public and even as stored specific? Such questions are pursued right here in numerous English texts traditionally hired to take place and deal with models of the sacred. yet when you consider that their performances inhabit social house, this frequently capabilities as a theatrical area that's extensively utilized to level modes of dissent, distinction, sacrifice and sacrilege. during this manner, all facets of social existence - the kin, the country, the belief of kingship, gender identities, courtly beliefs, love making or smoking - might develop into sacralized and buttress claims for energy via recourse to a repertoire of spiritual symbolic varieties. via severe readings of important texts and authors - resembling Sir Gawain, Foxe, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, or Vaughan - in addition to much less canonical examples - the Croxton play, Buchanan, Lanyer, Wroth, or the tobacco pamphlets - the twelve contributions all have interaction with the the most important query how, and to what finish, performances of the sacred have an effect on, or influence, cultural transformation.

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E. Sir Bertilak, at the Green Chapel, a meeting culminating in Gawain’s being absolved of his sin of failing to surrender the Green Girdle to his host. And fourthly, Gawain returns to Camelot, where he relates his adventures to the court, gives vent to his feelings of shame and imposes upon himself the penance of wearing the Green Girdle for the rest of his life. Whereas only the second of the occasions listed actually involves the sacrament of confession, the other three all evoke the issue of confession through aspects such as their ritualised nature, the soul-searching they depict, or the contrition expressed and the satisfaction provided within them.

THE SECRET OF THE SACRED CONFESSION AND THE SELF IN SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT by Andrew James Johnston I Middle English chivalric romances tend not to be overly obsessed with religious matters. 1 At a superficial glance, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight seems to yield up a very similar picture. While the poem delights in its lavish descriptions of aristocratic culture down to its most mundane details,2 matters divine appear to play only a marginal role. Feasting, flirting and hunting dominate the scene.

The following discussion of this issue will limit itself to a cursory overview of the principal arguments. For a detailed presentation of the various theories put forward see William Vantuono, ed. , “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”: A Dual Language Version (New York: Garland, 1991), n. 1876-84. 8. John Burrow, “The Two Confession Scenes in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, Modern Philology 57 (1959), 73-79; John Burrow, A Reading of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1965), pp.

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