Hybrid Bodies: The Green Knight, Lord Bertilak, and Sir Gawain as Assemblages in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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In this paper, I explore the hybrid character of the Green Knight/Lord Bertilak in the medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. I argue that the figure is eternally engaged in a process of flux, concurrently human and nonhuman as well as Green Knight and Bertilak – always transforming between yet simultaneously embodying both pairs instead of alternating between binary options. Ultimately, I discuss the hybrid's relevance and significance to modern ecocriticism, putting the medieval character in conversation with modern ecocritic Jane Bennett's philosophical theory of assemblages.