ENG 1453H: Prof. D. N. Klausner


Books marked * have been ordered at the Bob Miller Book Room, 180 Bloor St. W (basement).

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2530 ll.; not an exhaustive list of editions)

M. Andrew and R. Waldron (eds.) The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript (Exeter, 1987).

A. C. Cawley and J. J. Anderson (eds.) Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, Sir Gawain and The Green Knight (London, 1976).

C. Dunn and E. Byrnes Middle English Literature (New York, 1974).

T. Garbáty Medieval English Literature (Lexington MA, 1984).

T. Silverstein (ed.) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Chicago, 1984).

*J. R. R. Tolkien and E. V. Gordon (eds. - rev. ed. by N. Davis) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Oxford, 1968).

R. A. Waldron (ed.) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (London, 1970).

Studies: (there is a large secondary literature, only a few major works are cited here)

L. D. Benson Art and Tradition in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (New Brunswick, NJ, 1965).

J. A. Burrow A Reading of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (London, 1965).

Michael Foley "The Gawain-Poet: an Annotated Bibliography, 1978-85" Chaucer Review 23 (1988-9), 251-82.

D. R. Howard and C. Zacher Critical Studies of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Notre Dame, 1968).

The Awntyrs of Arthure (715 ll.)

*S. H. A. Shepherd (ed.) Middle English Romances Norton Critical Editions (New York, 1995).

R. J. Gates (ed.) The Awntyrs of Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne (Philadelphia, 1969).

R. Hanna (ed.) The Awntyrs of Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne (Manchester, 1974).

Maldwyn Mills (ed.) Ywain and Gawain, Sir Percyvall of Gales, The Anturs of Arther (London, 1992).


R. Hanna "The Awntyrs of Arthure: an Interpretation" MLQ 31 (1970), 275-97.

D. N. Klausner "Exempla and The Awntyrs of Arthure" Mediaeval Studies 34 (1972), 307-325.

Helen Phillips "The Ghost's Baptism in The Awntyrs of Arthure" Medium Ævum 58 (1989), 49-58.

A. C. Spearing "The Awntyrs of Arthure" in B. S. Levy and P. E. Szarmach The Alliterative Tradition in the Fourteenth Century (Kent, OH, 1981), 183-202.

Ywain and Gawain (4032 ll.)

*Shepherd Middle English Romances

M. F. Braswell (ed.) Sir Perceval of Galles and Ywain and Gawain TEAMS (Kalamazoo MI, 1995).

A. B. Friedman and N. T. Harrington (eds.) Ywain and Gawain EETS OS 254 (Oxford, 1964).

Maldwyn Mills (ed.) Ywain and Gawain, Sir Percyvell of Gales, The Anturs of Arther (London, 1992).

G. Schleich (ed.) Ywain and Gawain (Oppeln, 1887).


R. W. Ackerman "Arthur's Wild Man Knight" Romance Philology 9 (1955), 115-119.

J. K. Bollard "Hende wordes: The Theme of Courtesy in Ywain and Gawain" Neophilologus 78 (1994), 655-70.

K. Busby "Chrétien de Troyes English'd" Neophilologus 71 (1987), 596-613.

J. Finlayson "Ywain and Gawain and the Meaning of Adventure" Anglia 87 (1969), 312-37.

J. de Caluwé-Dor "Yvain's Lion Again: A Comparative Analysis of the Personality and Function in the Welsh, French and English Versions" in An Arthurian Tapestry: Essays in Memory of Lewis Thorpe ed. K. Varty (Glasgow, 1981), pp 229-238.

Penelope Doob Nebuchadnezzar's Children: Conventions of Madness in Middle English Literature (New Haven, 1974), pp 134-154.

David Faris "The Art of Adventure in the Middle English romance: Ywain and Gawain, Eger and Grime" Studia Neophilologica 53 (1981), pp 91-100.

Gayle Hamilton "The Breaking of Troth in Ywain and Gawain" Medievalia 2 (1976), pp 111-135.

Norman Harrington "The Problems of the Lacunae in Ywain and Gawain" JEGP 69 (1970), pp 659-665.

D. Mathews "Translation and Ideology: the Case of Ywain and Gawain" Neophilologus 76 (1992), 452-63.

Libeaus Desconus (2204 ll.)

M. Kaluza (ed.) Libeaus Desconus Altenglische Bibliothek 5 (Leipzig, 1890).

Maldwyn Mills (ed.) Libeaus Disconus EETS OS 261 (Oxford, 1969).


Madeleine Cosman The Education of the Hero in Arthurian Romances (Chapel Hill, NC, 1966).

Maldwyn Mills "The Composition and Style of the 'Southern' Octavian, Sir Launfal, and Libeaus Desconus" Medium Ævum 30 (1961), 88-109.

-- "A Medieval Reviser at Work" Medium Ævum 32 (1963), 11-23.

W. Schofield Studies in the Libeaus Desconus (Boston, 1895).

Morte Arthure (4346 ll.; alliterative)

M. M. Banks (ed.) Morte Arthure (London, 1900; repr. NY 1974).

*L. D. Benson (ed.) King Arthur's Death (Indianapolis, 1974); repr. TEAMS (Kalamazoo MI, 1994), revised by E. E. Foster.

E. Björkman (ed.) Morte Arthure (Heidelberg, 1915).

E. Brock (ed.) Morte Arthure EETS OS 8 (Oxford, 1871).

M. Hamel (ed.) Morte Arthure Garland Medieval Texts 9 (New York, 1984).

V. Krishna (ed.) The Alliterative Morte Arthure (New York, 1976).

S. Spangehl (ed.) Morte Arthure (Philadelphia, 1972).

Studies (selected recent work):

J. L. Boren "Narrative Design in the Alliterative Morte Arthure" PQ 56 (1977), 310-19.

J. Eadie "The Alliterative Morte Arthure: Structure and Meaning" English Studies 63 (1982), 1-12.

M. Foley "The Alliterative Morte Arthure: an Annotated Bibliography, 1950-75" Chaucer Review 14 (1979), 166-87.

Karl-Heinz Göller (ed.) The Alliterative Morte Arthure: a Reassessment of the Poem (Cambridge, 1981).

Henry L. Harder "Feasting in the Alliterative Morte Arthure" in L. D. Benson and John Leyerle (eds) Chivalric Literature (Toronto, 1980), pp. 49-62.

Russell Peck "Willfulness and Wonders: Boethian Tragedy in the Alliterative Morte Arthure" in Levy and Szarmach Alliterative Tradition, 153-182.

Morte Arthure (3969 ll.; stanzaic)

*Benson, King Arthur's Death.

J. D. Bruce (ed.) Le Morte Arthur EETS ES 88 (Oxford, 1903).

F. J. Furnivall (ed.) Le Morte Arthur (London, 1864).

S. B. Hemingway (ed.) Le Morte Arthur (Boston, 1912).

P. F. Hissiger (ed.) Le Morte Arthur (The Hague, 1975).

Studies (selected recent work):

F. M. Alexander "'The Treason of Lancelote du Lake': Irony in the Stanzaic Morte Arthur" in P. B. Grout et al (eds.) The Legend of Arthur in the Middle Ages (Cambridge, 1983), pp 15-27, 227-8.

J. Beston and R. M. Beston "The Parting of Lancelot and Guinevere in the Stanzaic Le Morte Arthur" Journal of the Australasian Universities Modern Language and Literature Association 40 (1973), pp 249-59.

S. L. J. Jaech "The Parting of Lancelot and Gaynor: The Effect of Repetition in the Stanzaic Morte Arthur" Interpretations 15 (1984), pp 59-69.

S. E. Knopp "Artistic Design in the Stanzaic Morte Arthur" ELH 45 (1978), pp 563-82.

R. A. Wertine "The Theme and Structure of the Stanzaic Morte Arthur" PMLA 87 (1972), pp 1075-82.

The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell (802 ll.)

*Shepherd Middle English Romances.

Garbáty Medieval English Literature.

Sands Middle English Verse Romances.

T. Hahn (ed.) Eleven Gawain Tales and Romances TEAMS (Kalamazoo MI, 1995).

L. Sumner (ed.) The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell Smith College Studies in Modern Language 5.4 (Northampton, MA, 1924).


M. Aguirre "The Riddle of Sovereignty" Modern Language Review 88 (1993), pp 273-82.

A. K. Coomaraswamy "On the Loathly Bridge" Speculum 20 (1945), pp. 391-404.

C. Donnelly "Aristocratic Veneer and the Substance of Verbal Bonds in The Weddynge of Sir Gawen and Dame Ragnell and Gamelyn" Studies in Philology 94 (1997), pp. 321-43.

P. J. C. Field "Malory and The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell Archif 219 (1982), pp. 374-81.

C. Lindahl "The Oral Undertones of Late Medieval Romance" in Oral Tradition in the Middle Ages ed. W. F. H. Nicolaisen (New York, 1995).

S. Shepherd "No poet has his travesty alone: The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell" in Romance Reading on the Book: Essays on Medieval Narrative presented to Maldwyn Mills ed. J. Fellows et al. (Cardiff, 1996), pp. 112-28.