Robin Hood: An Anthology of Scholarship and Criticism

Robin Hood: An Anthology of Scholarship and Criticism

by Stephen Knight
     
 

ISBN-10: 0859915255

ISBN-13: 9780859915250

Pub. Date: 02/11/1999

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited

The legends of Robin Hood are very familiar, but scholarship and criticism dealing with the long and varied tradition of the famous outlaw is as elusive as the identity of Robin himself, and is scattered in a wide range of sources, many difficult of access. This book is the first to bring together major studies of aspects of the tradition. The thirty-one studies take…  See more details below

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The legends of Robin Hood are very familiar, but scholarship and criticism dealing with the long and varied tradition of the famous outlaw is as elusive as the identity of Robin himself, and is scattered in a wide range of sources, many difficult of access. This book is the first to bring together major studies of aspects of the tradition. The thirty-one studies take a variety of approaches, from archival exploration in quest of a real Robin Hood, to a political angle seeking the social meaning of the texts across time, to literary scholars concerned with origin, structures and generic variation, or moral and social significance; also included are considerations of theatre and film studies, and folklore and children's literature. Overall, the collection provides a valuable basis for further study. STEPHEN KNIGHT is Professor of English Literature at the University of Wales, Cardiff; he is well-known as an authority on the Robin Hood tradition, and has edited the recently-discovered Robin Hood Forresters Manuscript.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859915250
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
02/11/1999
Pages:
495
Product dimensions:
1.06(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Bibliography
The Robin Hood Poems3
The Gest of Robin Hood Revisited39
Who was Robin Hood?51
Rymes of Robyn Hood59
Robin Hood as Summer Lord77
The Earl of Huntington: The Renaissance Plays99
Keats's 'Robin Hood', John Hamilton Reynolds, and the 'Old Poets'123
The Good Old Times: Maid Marian141
The Legend Since the Middle Ages155
Robin Hood187
The Origins of Robin Hood197
The Origins and Audience of the Ballads of Robin Hood211
The Birth and Setting of the Ballads of Robin Hood233
Some Further Evidence Concerning the Dating of the Origins of the Legend of Robin Hood257
Ballads and Bandits: Fourteenth-Century Outlaws and the Robin Hood Poems263
Robin Hood285
'Drunk with the cup of liberty': Robin Hood, the Carnivalesque, and the Rhetoric of Violence in Early Modern England297
Aspects of Cultural Diffusion in Medieval England: Robin Hood329
The 'Mistery' of Robin Hood: a New Social Context for the Texts345
An Outlaw and Some Peasants: the Possible Significance of Robin Hood363
Robin Hood379
Robin Hood385
The Games of Robin Hood393
The Paradoxes of Robin Hood411
Robin Hood on the Screen429
Robin Hood on the Screen: From Legend to Film441
Robin Hood: Men in Tights: Fitting the Tradition Snugly461
Index469

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