Robin Hood: An Anthology of Scholarship and Criticism

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Stephen Thomas Knight
Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 471 pages
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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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This book is a wide-ranging anthology including both recent scholarship and notable earlier pieces. It is divide into fur sections, the first one on the literature inspired by Robin Hood, from the ... Read full review

Contents

The Gest of Robin Hood Revisited
39
Rymes of Robyn Hood
59
Robin Hood as Summer Lord
77
The Renaissance Plays
99
Keatss Robin Hood John Hamilton Reynolds and the Old Poets
123
Maid Marian
141
The Legend Since the Middle Ages
155
Robin Hood
187
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