Emotion and Narrative Empathy in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

  title={Emotion and Narrative Empathy in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight},
  author={A. Harbus},
  journal={English Studies},
  pages={594 - 607}
  • A. Harbus
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology, History
  • English Studies
ABSTRACT This article proposes that Sir Gawain and the Green Knight presents emotionally focused content that actively invites readerly empathy with its flawed hero. This poem recruits the potential of the literary text both to represent human emotion, and also to arouse emotional responses in the reader (or hearer). This twofold affective capacity has yet to be analyzed as a key component of the text’s durable appeal and cross-cultural intelligibility. Gawain works as an engaging narrative… Expand
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