This research guide is designed to point students to resources dealing with the works of the Gawain-Poet available through the Gumberg Library (and beyond). The "Gawain-Poet" is the name scholars have given to the anonymous poet who wrote the Middle English masterpiece Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. A second masterwork is attributed to him (or her?), the poem known as "Pearl," and so some scholars call this author the Pearl-Poet. The Gawain-Poet is said to have written three other important poetic works: "Cleanness" (also known as "Purity"), "Patience", and "St. Erkenwald." This poet, while a contemporary of Chaucer, who was bringing rhyme into English poetry, was part of the Alliterative Revival, writing in a style employing alliteration, which was more characteristic of English poetry before Chaucer.
Books are important for getting detailed, in-depth information about a topic. While the Gumberg Library's collection mainly consists of printed books, we have a growing number of electronic books. To learn how to access electronic books, click here.
Criticism - The links below will search the online catalog, for books about these subjects (secondary works)
Purity (Middle English Poem) - Also known as "Cleanness"
Texts - The links below will take you to texts of the poems by the Gawain-Poet
In this box you will find introductory books, companions, and encyclopedias to provide you with basic information on the Gawain-Poet, his times, and each of his works. Most are printed books that may be borrowed from the library. Click a book title to check on its availability. Electronic books are indicated as such.
Both of these collections of resources can be accessed off-campus, but you will have to enter your Multipass username and password word in order to use them. Click the title of the database to search it.
This database provides information on thousands of authors and literary works. It includes biographies, reviews and news, literary criticism, and topic and work overviews.
Along with the full text of of 350,000 English and American works of literature, this database provides articles from 200 full-text literary journals and other key critical and reference resources.
In this box the journal databases that are best for the study of the Gawain-Poet and his works are highlighted. The full text of many articles may be available. To learn how to tell if full text is available, click here.
All of these resources can be accessed from off-campus, but you will need to enter your Multipass username and password in order to use them.
Ted Bergfelt, MLS