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"He Clothed Him and Fedde Him Evell”: Narrative and Thematic ‘Vulnerability’ in Gamelyn

Title
"He Clothed Him and Fedde Him Evell”: Narrative and Thematic ‘Vulnerability’ in Gamelyn
Author
Kenneth David Eckert
Keywords
Gamelyn; Chaucer; Canterbury Tales; Middle English romances; Havelok the Dane; law in Literature
Issue Date
2015-01
Publisher
한국중세르네상스영문학회
Citation
중세르네상스영문학, 제23권, 제1호, Page. 131-146
Abstract
The Tale of Gamelyn has often been read in regard to its contestedassociation with Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, or in respect to interdisciplinaryconcerns with class and cultural/legal issues. Less has been done to understandthe poem itself. This paper builds on similar work on Havelok the Dane to assertthat vulnerability is a key trope in Gamelyn. Both at the story level, where thepoet evokes sympathy in Gamelyn’s growth from weakness to strength, and atscene level where the contrast between his ill and kindly treatment ishighlighted, vulnerability acts as a thematic device, and recognition of thisconceit will assist in understanding the poem.
URI
http://www.kci.go.kr/kciportal/landing/article.kci?arti_id=ART001969697http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/26669
ISSN
1229 - 0394
DOI
10.17054/memes.2015.23.1.131
Appears in Collections:
COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES & CULTURES[E](국제문화대학) > ENGLISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE(영미언어·문화학과) > Articles
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