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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Facing Page Translation Paperback – 1992

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Broadview Press; Revised ed. edition (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0921149921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0921149927
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is the best translation of Sir Gawain. It has the taughtness and vigor of the original, and it shares that Gawain-poet’s almost miraculous ability to make the remote world of Arthurian romance immediate to the reader.” ― Gordon Teskey, Harvard University

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The Broadview Literary Texts series is an effort to represent the ever-changing canon of literature in English by bringing together texts long regarded as classics with valuable, though lesser-known literature.

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This is my favorite edition of _Sir Gawain and the Green Knight_ not only because it is a fine poem, but also because the facing-page layout allows Winny to translate very accurately. The introduction to the poem and to Winny's translation of it is excellent, and discusses why he chooses not to translate within the confines of the formal characteristics of the poem in the original. Also, there are textual notes, a section discussing certain words in the poet's vocabulary that present significant difficulties for translators, and two appendices containing Arthurian analogues: Fled Briend/Bricriu's Feast and from Le Chevalier a L'Epee/The Knight of the Sword.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read for a college course June 22 2011
By Aimee B. - Published on
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This is a really fascinating subversion of the tropes of courtly love. Roles generally given to women are given to religion, and quests that in earlier literature are completely external are internalized. I read this for a college course on Arthurian romances and it was definitely one of my favorite books we read. This version has the Middle English (which is difficult Middle English, by the way -- more difficult than Chaucer) on one page and a modern English translation on the facing page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Laudable Work, with One Reservation April 2 2015
By Artorius - Published on
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I appreciate Mr. Winny's time and efforts to produce a "bilingual" edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. No stranger to the pitfalls of poetic translation, I prefer to have the original side-by-side with the modern English language rendering, as you get with this book. That way, I can quiet the academic growl in my head that remains skeptical of the inevitable poetic license the translator--by necessity--must take to adapt ancient words into modern parlance. My only complaint is that since the poem in its original is half the appeal of what this book promises, why modernize the letters? The Gawain poet's Middle English is already much more obscure to the modern reader than Chaucer's. Why not retain the yogh, the thorn, etc.? The target audience is already willing to climb the mountain, so why lop off the peak?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very accessible classic May 2 2015
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I chose this translation on the recommendation of a good friend who is also a professor of English. I wanted something that was true to the spirit of the work and not necessarily tied to the exact meter and rhyme of the original just for the sake of maintaining both. I was not disappointed. What struck me most was the imagery of the translation. As I read, I could see the scenes and felt that I was there, experiencing the plot.
This tale has many of the elements of the current popular "superhero" genre of movies. Properly done, it would make an excellent film. Read it and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great translation! Aug. 28 2011
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I love this tale, and with this awesome addition it's even better :) the shipping was a little crappy, but I received my items safely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you'll love it! Feb. 15 2015
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Get it, read it, you'll love it!