Robin Hood in Outlaw/ed Spaces: Media, Performance, and Other New Directions, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Robin Hood in Outlaw/ed Spaces

Media, Performance, and Other New Directions, 1st Edition

Edited by Lesley Coote, Valerie B. Johnson


244 pages

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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.

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Lesley Coote and Valerie B. Johnson

Act I:

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

Chris Chism

Chapter 3: The Play’s the Thing: Establishing Boundaries in Anthony Munday’s The Downfall of Robert, Earle of Huntington

Carrie Griffin

Chapter 4: "Strange Genealogies: Robin Hood’s Courtship with Jack Cade’s Daughter and the Creation of a Fraudulent Text"

Alexander Kaufman

Chapter 5: Highwaymen, Robbers, and Rogues in the Twentieth Century: A New Outlaw Fantasy

Kristin Noone

Act II:

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

John Marshall

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

Dana Symons

Chapter 10: Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood and its Music

Gillian Anderson

Chapter 11: "And Now Begins Our Game:" Revitalizing the Ludic Robin Hood

Thomas Rowland


Chapter 12: Parody And Archery: Re-Generating The Robin Hood Tradition

Stephen Knight

About the Editors

Lesley Coote is a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Hull, where she teaches Chaucer, medieval romance literature and culture, historical film, ‘Arthuriana’ and Robin Hood studies. Her research specializations are the ‘popular’ culture of medieval Britain, in particular prophetic, apocalyptic and romance texts, in addition to the medievalism of film and new media. She has written a wide variety of articles and essays on these topics, and a book, Prophecy and Public Affairs in Later Medieval England (2000). She is currently preparing an article on medievalism and film in the twenty-first century, and a book, Robin Hood, for Reaktion Press.

Valerie B. Johnson is a lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a former Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. Dr. Johnson has worked extensively with Robin Hood in digital contexts, serving as the contributing editor and designer of The Robin Hood Project from 2006-2012, the web master of Robin Hood Scholars (, and is a founding editor of the open access Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. Her publications include articles in Studies in Medievalism, Year’s Work in Medievalism, Once and Future Classroom, as well as contributions to edited collections.

About the Series

Outlaws in Literature, History, and Culture

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Social History
LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical