This paper examines distinctions between Middle English second person pronouns thou and you and argues that such distinctions provide an important measure by which to understand late medieval chivalric masculinity.
Immense gratitude to Glenn Burger, Steven Kruger and Pamela Sheingorn, for insights on earlier versions of this essay and for the opportunity to map out so many of these ideas concerning late medieval chivalric identity. Thanks also to Chuck Jackson and Claude Rubinson for reading and commenting upon my use of feminist, Quaker and queer theoretical sources.
pronouns, Middle English, masculinity, community, identity, T/V distinction
Copyright © 2016 Katharine Jager
Jager, Katharine "‘Mony Prowde Wordez’: Pronominal Speech Acts, Identity and Community in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality 52, No. 1 (2016) : 5-41.