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 features an interrogation of the literary and other textually transmitted spaces to uncover the critical grounds in which the Robin Hood ’legend’ has traditionally operated. The essays in Part Two take up issues related to performative and experiential space, demonstrating the reciprocal relationship between page, stage, and lived experience. Throughout the volume, the contributors contend with, among other things, modern theories of gender, literary detective work, and the ways in which the settings that once advanced court performances now include digital gaming and the enactment of ’real’ lives.
Lesley Coote and Valerie B. Johnson
Chapter 1: A Forest of Her Own: Greenwood-Space and the Forgotten Female Characters of the Robin Hood Tradition
Valerie B. Johnson
Chapter 2: Mortal Friends in Robin and Gandelyn and the Medieval Robin Hood Ballads
Chapter 3: The Play’s the Thing: Establishing Boundaries in Anthony Munday’s The Downfall of Robert, Earle of Huntington
Chapter 4: "Strange Genealogies: Robin Hood’s Courtship with Jack Cade’s Daughter and the Creation of a Fraudulent Text"
Chapter 5: Highwaymen, Robbers, and Rogues in the Twentieth Century: A New Outlaw Fantasy
Chapter 6: Property not Prophecy: Welsh ‘Outlaws’ Owain Lawgoch and Owain Glyn Dŵr as High Status Landowners
Spencer Gavin Smith
Chapter 7: Revisiting and Revising Robin Hood in Sixteenth-Century London
Chapter 8: Sailing The Little John: John Ward and Legitimizing Outlaw Space
Kristi J. Castleberry
Chapter 9: Relishing the Kill, Becoming a Man: Robin Hood’s Rivalry with Guy of Gisborne
Chapter 10: Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood and its Music
Chapter 11: "And Now Begins Our Game:" Revitalizing the Ludic Robin Hood
Chapter 12: Parody And Archery: Re-Generating The Robin Hood Tradition
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.