New studies of the changing meaning of the myth of Robin Hood, from the Middle Ages to the present.
The Robin Hood tradition is a rich assembly of exciting stories, more than five hundred years old and still thriving. From medieval ballads of yeoman resistance and gentrified Renaissance stories of Lord Robin versus bad King John, the tradition survived lustily into modern film, through which Robin Hood, played by major stars like Fairbanks, Flynn, and Costner, has become a truly international hero of natural law. This richly varied tradition enables scholars to study how different periods have understood the concept of Robin’s noble resistance to wrongful authority. These new essays uncover innovative topics like Robin’s relation with the cult of archery in the late Middle Ages, the purpose of the recently discovered 1670s’ Forresters manuscript of outlaw ballads, and what Thomas Love Peacock thought when in 1815 he met in Windsor Forest a man called Little John. Other essays explore the social meanings and contexts of the texts, from the stark early ballads and their contacts with both Catholicism and Protestantism, through to modern excitements like the Kevin Costner film of 1991 and the links between Robin and Batman. Just as the five-hundred-year tradition of the Robin Hood story is alive today, so this collection shows how vital and varied is modern analysis of the myth of the best known and most loved of all the outlaws.
Alterity, Parody, Habitus: The Formation of the Early Literary Tradition of Robin Hood
Nietzsche’s Herd and the Individual:The Construction of Alterity in A Lytell Geste of Robyn Hode
Alexander L. Kaufman
Journeys to the Edge: Self-Identity, Salvation, and Outlaw(ed) Space
Robin Hood and the Social Context of Late Medieval Archery
John Block Friedman
Reformist Polemics, Reading Publics, and Unpopular Robin Hood
The Forresters Manuscript:A Book on the Margins?
Thomas Love Peacock, Robin Hood, and the Enclosure of Windsor Forest
Mouvance, Greenwood, and Gender in The Adventures of Robin Hood and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Brian J. Levy and Lesley Coote
Batman and Robin Hood: Hobsbawm’s Outlaw Heroes Past and Present
Agamben’s homo sacer, the ‘State of Exception’, and the Modern Robin Hood
Valerie B. Johnson