Robin Hood: An Anthology of Scholarship and Criticism

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The texts of the Robin Hood tradition are well known in ballad collections, from that of F.J. Child onwards, and films and television series celebrating the hero are widely watched, but scholarship and criticism dealing with the long and varied tradition of the famous outlaw have proved just as elusive as Robin Hood himself. This first collection of major studies of aspects of the Robin Hood tradition brings together material published in a wide variety of journals, often difficult of access. It demonstrates the many different approaches which have been taken. Some historians explore records in quest of the real Robin Hood, others seek the political meaning of the texts across time; some literary scholars are concerned with origins, structures and generic variations, others look for moral and social significance. The collection as a whole offers a valuable base for further scholarship and criticism on a hero and a tradition that have for over five hundred years has challenged the imagination and defied definition.

STEPHEN KNIGHT is Professor of English at the University of Wales at Cardiff; he has written extensively on Robin Hood, and has edited 'Robin Hood: The Forresters Manuscript', the recently discovered seventeenth-century collection of Robin Hood ballads.

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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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