Academic journal article Medium Aevum

From 'Pearl' to 'Gawain': Form to Fynisment

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

From 'Pearl' to 'Gawain': Form to Fynisment

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Robert J. Blanch and Julian N. Wasserman, From 'Pearl' to `Gawain:' Form to Fynisment (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1995). zo7 pp. ISBN oBI 3o-1348-8. C36.oo.

It requires no small amount of confidence to print on the dust-jacket of one's book a photograph of a motel entrance in front of which stands one of the authors and also a huge statue of a green knight holding a sign which reads, in part, 'A Touch of Trash'. But there is no trash here, not even a touch, and the authors, well known for their critical and bibliographical work on two of the works treated here, now offer a reading linking the four poems contained in London, British Library, MS Cotton Nero A.x, which they take to represent the history of the world from Creation to Doomsday, `form to fynisment'. They consider as well the implementation of the divine plan in a series of connected studies - language, covenants, miracles, narrative intervention, and the iconography of the hand (two particularly interesting chapters, though it is still possible to cavil: the open hand present in the arma Christi of Oxford Bodleian Library, MS Canon. Class. Lat. 80 (figure I9), is almost certainly striking Christ). But beyond particular issues, the book seeks to confront what the authors call `the same problem of unity facing the audience of Malory's Morte DArthur or of Joyce's Dubliners' (p. …

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