Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a masterwork; its place is secure in the Western literary canon. By choosing to perform such a rich and complex text, the oral interpretative storyteller assumes responsibility for research in addition to the artistic work necessary to prepare a performance, becoming, in effect, a scholar-artist. This essay considers the critical heritage of the poem, giving emphasis to various interpretations of the Green Knight, and suggests ways such research informs a performance.
Gentile, John S.
"Shape-Shifter in the Green: Performing Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,"
Storytelling, Self, Society: Vol. 10
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol10/iss2/5