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Outlaws in Literature, History, and Culture


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Outlaws in Literature, History, and Culture examines the nature, function, and context of the outlaw and the outlawed — people, spaces, practices — in the pre-modern world, and in its modern representations. By its nature, outlawry reflects not only the outlawed, but the forces of law which seek to define and to contain it. Throughout the centuries, a wide and ever-changing, and yet ever familiar, variety of outlaw characters and narratives has captured the imagination of audiences both particular and general, local and global. This series seeks to reflect the transcultural, transgendered and interdisciplinary manifestations, and the different literary, political, socio-historical, and media contexts in which the outlaw/ed may be encountered from the medieval period to the modern.

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Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales

Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Melissa Ridley Elmes, Kristin Bovaird-Abbo
April 08, 2021

In Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales editors Melissa Ridley Elmes and Kristin Bovaird-Abbo gather eleven original studies examining scenes of food and feasting in premodern outlaw texts ranging from the tenth through the seventeenth centuries and forward to their cinematic adaptations. Along...

Food and Feast in Modern Outlaw Tales

Food and Feast in Modern Outlaw Tales

1st Edition

Edited By Alexander L. Kaufman, Penny Vlagopoulos
March 05, 2019

This collection of scholarly essays presents new work from an emerging line of inquiry: modern outlaw narratives and the textual and cultural relevance of food and feasting. Food, its preparation and its consumption, is presented in outlaw narratives as central points of human interaction, ...

Robin Hood and the Outlaw/ed Literary Canon

Robin Hood and the Outlaw/ed Literary Canon

1st Edition

Edited By Lesley Coote, Alexander L. Kaufman
August 02, 2018

This cutting-edge volume demonstrates both the literary quality and the socio-economic importance of works on "the matter of the greenwood" over a long chronological period. These include drama texts, prose literature and novels (among them, children's literature), and poetry. Whilst some of these ...

Capturing the Pícaro in Words Literary and Institutional Representations of Marginal Communities in Early Modern Madrid

Capturing the Pícaro in Words: Literary and Institutional Representations of Marginal Communities in Early Modern Madrid

1st Edition

By Konstantin Mierau
July 19, 2018

Capturing the Pícaro in Words discusses the framing of the transient marginals of early modern Madrid in the literary pícaro. It compares the perceptions of constables, shopkeepers, and criminals, to those of mass-produced literary representations, and argues that the literary representations "...

The King and Commoner Tradition Carnivalesque Politics in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

The King and Commoner Tradition: Carnivalesque Politics in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

1st Edition

By Mark Truesdale
February 07, 2018

King and Commoner tales were hugely popular across the late medieval and early modern periods, their cultural influence extending from Robin Hood ballads to Shakespearean national histories. This study represents the first detailed exploration of this rich and fascinating literary tradition, ...

Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and American Folk Outlaw Performance

Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and American Folk Outlaw Performance

1st Edition

By Damian A. Carpenter
October 23, 2017

With its appeal predicated upon what civilized society rejects, there has always been something hidden in plain sight when it comes to the outlaw figure as cultural myth. Damian A. Carpenter traverses the unsettled outlaw territory that is simultaneously a part of and apart from settled American ...

Robin Hood in Outlaw/ed Spaces Media, Performance, and Other New Directions

Robin Hood in Outlaw/ed Spaces: Media, Performance, and Other New Directions

1st Edition

Edited By Lesley Coote, Valerie B. Johnson
November 07, 2016

Following in the tradition of recent work by cultural geographers and historians of maps, this collection examines the apparently familiar figure of Robin Hood as he can be located within spaces that are geographical, cultural, and temporal. The volume is divided into two sections: the first ...

The Ecology of the English Outlaw in Medieval Literature From Fen to Greenwood

The Ecology of the English Outlaw in Medieval Literature: From Fen to Greenwood

1st Edition

By Sarah Harlan-Haughey
April 07, 2016

Arguing that outlaw narratives become particularly popular and poignant at moments of national ecological and political crisis, Sarah Harlan-Haughey examines the figure of the outlaw in Anglo-Saxon poetry and Old English exile lyrics such as Beowulf, works dealing with the life and actions of ...

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