The Coming-of-age Chivalric Romance: A New Assessment of Sir Thomas Malory's Sir Gareth of Orkney

dc.contributor.advisorChardonnens, L.S.
dc.contributor.advisorTangelder, M.J.
dc.contributor.authorRooker, I.W.
dc.description.abstractThis thesis analyses the main theme of chivalric identity formation in the tale Sir Gareth of Orkney from Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur to suggest a new theory on the origin of the tale. Many scholars have tried to determine the tale's origin since it is the only tale in Malory's Morte which cannot be traced back to a clear source. In order to present a new approach, the tale of Sir Gareth will be analysed in comparison to the analogous Middle Dutch Ferguut to determine whether the presence of such analogous tales suggests that Malory used the Coming-of-age Chivalric Romance topos as his main inspiration to write Sir Gareth. This topos has not been reworked and applied as such before, but it will appear to be a more comprehensive match than current theories on the origin of the tale. By analysing the tale of Sir Gareth in terms of the Coming-of-age Chivalric Romance topos, this thesis argues that the tale is a product of a popular contemporary genre rather than based on a specific source like the other tales in Malory's Morte.en_US
dc.embargo.typePermanent embargoen_US
dc.thesis.facultyFaculteit der Letterenen_US
dc.thesis.specialisationEngelse taal en cultuuren_US
dc.thesis.studyprogrammeBachelor Engelse taal en cultuuren_US
dc.titleThe Coming-of-age Chivalric Romance: A New Assessment of Sir Thomas Malory's Sir Gareth of Orkneyen_US
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