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Mrs. Lynch: Sir Gawain and the Monomyth  

Use this research guide in your quest to relate the path of Sir Gawain to the "Hero's Journey" from Joseph Campbell.
Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Books & Reserve Readings from Mrs. Lynch

Primary Sources:

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Campbell, Joseph.  The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

Other texts available from Mrs. Lynch:

Barber, Richard.  The Knight and Chivalry.

Bornstein, Diane.  Mirrors of Courtesy.

Bishop, Morris.  The Middle Ages.

Corrick, James.  Life of a Medieval Knight.


    Books in Our Library

    Here are just a few of our books regarding Sir Gawain and/or the Arthurian legend.  Search the catalog or browse the shelves to find more.

    The Arthurian Tradition
    Call Number: 398.22 MAT

    The Arthurian Legends
    Call Number: 398.22 ART

    Men and the Goddess Archetypes of the Feminine in ten classics of Western Literature
    Call Number: 809 ABS


    The database passwords can be found by logging into Cubview and going to the Burns Library group page at     Then click on "Group Files" and download the Word file.  While you are at it, join our group!  If this does not work for you for some reason, please email me, Mrs. April Hannah at or else pick up a blue flyer from the library.

    • JSTOR
      1. Once you have logged on with the Loyola user name and password, I recommend that you create a "My JSTOR" account for yourself. With your own login you will be able to save citation for saving, view, or printing up later. To do this, go to the "Login" and register for a My JSTOR account.
      2. Now that you are logged on, go to the SEARCH tab above and choose "Advanced Search." Type in "gawain" in the first box then type in "hero journey" in the second box. See first result.
    • Bloom's Literary Criticism
      Once you have logged on, choose "Bloom's Literary Reference Online" link. Type the word "gawain" and you will see several links. The second link, "Sir Gawain's Unfulfilled/Unfulfilling Quest (2009)" is quite interesting. Checkout some of the other links as well.
    • Literary E-Books at Loyola
      1. These e-books actually exist in print books and you can use these just like a book reference. Just make sure to cite them according to your writer's manual whether it is MLA or another required text.
      2. After login, type "gawain" and you will see two e-books come up.

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