Outlaw Heroes in Myth and History

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Anthem Press, 2011 - Social Science - 232 pages
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This book is an overview and analysis of the global tradition of the outlaw hero. The mythology and history of the outlaw hero is traced from the Roman Empire to the present, showing how both real and mythic figures have influenced social, political, economic and cultural outcomes in many times and places. The book also looks at the contemporary continuations of the outlaw hero mythology, not only in popular culture and everyday life, but also in the current outbreak of global terrorism.

 

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Contents

The Outlawed Hero
1
Myths and Histories
13
Before Robin Hood
15
Heroic Types
25
Medieval Marauders
35
Myth and History
49
Politics and Identities
61
Contested Frontiers
63
Legends and Commodities
121
Afterlives
123
Consuming Outlaws
137
Lethal Legends
151
The Global Outlaw
163
The Robin Hood Principle
165
The Common Good
175
Notes
185

Troubled Borders
77
Identities
89
Kingdoms in Miniature
105
Select Bibliography
207
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About the author (2011)

Graham Seal is Professor of Folklore and Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific (CASAAP) at Curtin University, Australia. He received his BA (Hons) in History from the University of New South Wales, Australia, his MA in Folklife Studies at the University of Leeds, UK, and his PhD from Deakin University, Australia. He has a distinguished national profile as a founder of folklore studies in Australia, and is also a leading and widely-cited international authority on the cultural traditions of the hero. He has had a substantial career in university teaching, research and management and previously worked in government publishing and the music industry.

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