Annotated Bibliography on the concepts of honour and shame in the text “King Arthur’s Wedding” and the film “Star Wars.”

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    Introduction

    The paper seeks to compare the concepts of honour and shame in the text “King Arthur’s Wedding” and the film “Star Wars.” The paper will focus on the heroism of some of the characters, as well as the shame some of them experienced. Essentially, both pieces of work, the leaders honoured some of the characters because of their heroic acts. However, some of the characters in both the film and the text could not withstand the challenges associated with their positions. Others, still, misused their positions, which led to them being cast to shame. In this case, the scholarly materials collected for use in the paper will help in analysing both the characters honoured and those shamed.

    Flannery, Mary C. “The Concept of Shame in Late‐Medieval English Literature.” Literature Compass 9.2 (2012): 166-182.

    Flannery reviews the issue of shame as an awareness of disgrace or dishonour, as well as the anticipation of dishonour. The text points out ti the complex ways in which people in Middle English (late-medieval English) imagined shame. The paper draws on both Christian shame and chivalric literature. While the text suggests that the distinction between the Christianity and Homeric views on shame have become obsolete, he also observes that the Homeric age believed shame to be a significantly negative thing. The article will help in making a compelling argument to support the “guilt” the shamed characters felt in King Arthur’s Wedding.

    Trigg, Stephanie. “” Shamed be…”: Historicizing Shame in Medieval and Early Modern Courtly Ritual.” Exemplaria 19.1 (2007): 67-89.

    Stephanie Trigg compares the relationship between honour and shame in different practices and texts linked to medieval chivalry. In the text, Trigg reviews the performance of shame in the Arthurian era as directed towards those who dishonoured the King. Further, the author demonstrates the invocation of shame based on the cultural authority of the persons. The text will help in addressing the place of Knights in the Arthurian age, which can explain the consequences of shame and honour.

    Ščigulinská, Jana. “The Reflection of Culture in English Literary Works: The Case of Chivalry.” (2014) Web.

    The text reviews chivalry and its depiction in several literary works. The author focuses in Arthurian Romance and the application of the concepts of honour/heroism and shame during that age. The author presents King Arthur as a tragic hero with several other knights being caught between their loyalties. The paper will help in understanding honour and shame in knighthood.

    Campbell, Joseph, Phil Cousineau, and Stuart L. Brown. The hero’s journey: Joseph Campbell on his life and work. Vol. 7. New World Library, 1990.

    Campbell and the colleagues focus on the journey of heroes. Essentially, the text offers background information to understand the contemporary understanding of honour among heroes. Essentially, the paper is largely focused on the analysis of the film Star Wars. Indeed, the creation of Star Wars uses Campbell’s ideas of Good versus Evil. Therefore, the text will help in transitioning from the medieval understanding of honour and shame towards a more contemporary understanding of the concepts.

    Mann, Douglas. The Hero with a Thousand Faces and its Application to Star Wars. Oxford University Press, 2008.

    Douglass Mann bases his work on Campbell’s myths in analysing heroism. Although the author focuses on myths and mythology as depicted by Campbell, he tries to make a succinct link of the work with heroism and honour in the film Star Wars. The author refers to several other films that compare to Star Wars. However, he makes a clear reference to the journeys taken by the heroes in the film. The text will help in relating honour/heroism in the contemporary world and the medieval English age.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Works Cited

    Campbell, Joseph, Phil Cousineau, and Stuart L. Brown. The hero’s journey: Joseph Campbell on his life and work. Vol. 7. New World Library, 1990.

    Flannery, Mary C. “The Concept of Shame in Late‐Medieval English Literature.” Literature Compass 9.2 (2012): 166-182.

    Mann, Douglas. The Hero with a Thousand Faces and its Application to Star Wars. Oxford University Press, 2008.

    Ščigulinská, Jana. “The Reflection of Culture in English Literary Works: The Case of Chivalry.” (2014) Web.

    Trigg, Stephanie. “” Shamed be…”: Historicizing Shame in Medieval and Early Modern Courtly Ritual.” Exemplaria 19.1 (2007): 67-89.

     

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