The Poem as Green Girdle:

Commercium in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

R. Allen Shoaf

Copyright © and Published 1984 (University Press of Florida)

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Front Matter


1. The Poem in Its Commercial Context

2. The Commerce of Circumcision and the Role of Mediation

3. Love's Relations: The Seduction of Gawain

4. The New Covenant of the Green Girdle

Appendix: Vocabulary of Commercial Words

Bibliography (1984)

Related Essay (1988)

The "Syngne of Surfet" and the Surfeit of Signs in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight