Robin Hood: An Anthology of Scholarship and Criticism

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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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An important resource for folklorists, literary critics, historians and other researchers... fascinating collection of materials. JOURNAL OF FOLKLORE RESEARCH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859915250
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/11/1999
  • Pages: 495
  • Product dimensions: 1.06 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

The Robin Hood Poems 3
The Gest of Robin Hood Revisited 39
Who was Robin Hood? 51
Rymes of Robyn Hood 59
Robin Hood as Summer Lord 77
The Earl of Huntington: The Renaissance Plays 99
Keats's 'Robin Hood', John Hamilton Reynolds, and the 'Old Poets' 123
The Good Old Times: Maid Marian 141
The Legend Since the Middle Ages 155
Robin Hood 187
The Origins of Robin Hood 197
The Origins and Audience of the Ballads of Robin Hood 211
The Birth and Setting of the Ballads of Robin Hood 233
Some Further Evidence Concerning the Dating of the Origins of the Legend of Robin Hood 257
Ballads and Bandits: Fourteenth-Century Outlaws and the Robin Hood Poems 263
Robin Hood 285
'Drunk with the cup of liberty': Robin Hood, the Carnivalesque, and the Rhetoric of Violence in Early Modern England 297
Aspects of Cultural Diffusion in Medieval England: Robin Hood 329
The 'Mistery' of Robin Hood: a New Social Context for the Texts 345
An Outlaw and Some Peasants: the Possible Significance of Robin Hood 363
Robin Hood 379
Robin Hood 385
The Games of Robin Hood 393
The Paradoxes of Robin Hood 411
Robin Hood on the Screen 429
Robin Hood on the Screen: From Legend to Film 441
Robin Hood: Men in Tights: Fitting the Tradition Snugly 461
Index 469
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