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date: 25 August 2019

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This article focuses on the category of individuality in English literature during the medieval period. It examines how far the period's pervasively Christian culture in the West suppressed individuality in favour of personal obedience to the institution of the Church and investigates whether individuality was anathema to the Middle Ages. It discusses Lee Patterson's suggestion that the medieval idea of selfhood emerges from the dialectic between an inward subjectivity and an external world that alienates it from itself and comments on the fourteenth-century English romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Keywords: individuality, English literature, medieval period, Christian culture, Lee Patterson, selfhood, inward subjectivity, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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