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 are anonymous, others are by acknowledged canonical writers such as William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and John Keats. The editors and the contributors argue that it is vitally important to include Robin Hood texts in the canon of English literary works, because of the high quality of many of these texts, and because of their significance in the development of English literature.
Introduction: The Medieval Outlaw/ed Canon: Literary and Ideological Thresholds and Boundaries
Lesley Coote and Alexander L. Kaufman
1. Robin Hood and the Margins of Romance: Insights on Canon Formation and Maintenance
2. By Words and By Deeds: The Role of Performance in Shaping the "Canon" of Robin Hood
3. Robin Hood and the King and Commoner Tradition: "The best archer of ilkon, / I durst mete hym with a stone"
4. Robin Hood’s Passions: Emotion and Embodiment in Anthony Munday’s The Downfall and The Death of Robert, Earle of Huntington (c. 1598)
5. Canonicity and "Robin Hood": The Morris Dance and the Meaning of "Lighter than Robin Hood" in the Prologue to Fletcher and Shakespeare’s The Two Noble Kinsmen
Lorraine Kochanske Stock
6. Ben Jonson’s The Sad Shepherd, the Theme of Compassion, and the Robin Hood Canon
Robert C. Evans
7. "Gone, the Song of Gamelyn": John Keats and the Medieval Robin Hood
Perry Neil Harrison
8. The Legend of Janosik and the Polish Novel About Robin Hood as Continuations of the Medieval Outlaw Tradition
9. What a Canon Wants: Robin Hood, Romance Novels, and Carrie Lofty’s What a Scoundrel Wants
Valerie B. Johnson
10. Children’s Literature Canon, Robin Hood, Children’s Literature Criticism
11. Doing Yeoman Work: Uses of the Robin Hood Tales in the Undergraduate Survey
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.