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Robin Hood in Popular Culture: Violence, Transgression, and Justice [Hardcover]

Thomas Hahn

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April 24 2000
The Robin Hood tradition has had a continuing appeal from the middle ages to the present day, the hero himself holding a distinctive place within popular culture, his exploits, and those of his companions, being celebrated in multiple forms, from the earliest rituals, plays and ballads to musical theatre, lyric poetry, modern popular fiction, cinema and TV. The essays in this volume provide a rich and coherent perspective on this enigmatic figure and the legends which have grown up around him, offering a wide range of approaches. Topics include place-name study; examinations of surviving manuscripts and their cultural context; appraisals of the links between Robin Hood and medieval archery; other medieval outlaws; mythic figures such as the Green Man; patterns of masculine and feminine identity; and the popularity of Robin Hood on stage and screen, in comic books and videos, and in modern Japan. There are also extended overviews of the hero's origins and status; and the future of Robin Hood studies. Professor THOMAS HAHN teaches in the Department of English at the University of Rochester, New York. Contributors: THOMAS HAHN, FRANK ABBOTT, SARAH BEACH, LAURA BLUNK, KELLY DEVRIES, R.B. DOBSON, MICHAEL EATON, KEVIN J. HARTY, STUART KANE, STEPHEN KNIGHT, DAVID LAMPE, GARY YERSHON

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4.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood rarities. May 9 2000
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Robin Hood in Popular Culture is the proceedings volume of the 1997 Robin Hood academic conference. The papers collected cover the whole range of the legend from the earliest ballads to American legal cases to films to superhero comic books to 1927 Marxist Japanese plays. A great many of the papers are well-written. Unfortunately some are written in "literary speak". But all the articles are informative. This isn't a book for beginner's. Barrie Dobson and Stephen Knight's plenary addresses are helpful for getting a sense of the beginnings of the legend, and where the legend is headed. But for those unfamiliar with the basics of Robin Hood scholarship, I'd recommend Dobson, Knight or J.C. Holt's books on Robin Hood. However, if you are familiar with the basics of the legend, this book is a treasure trove of interesting information about rarely explored nooks and crannies of the outlaw tales.

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