1st Edition

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

Edited By Lesley Coote, Valerie Johnson Copyright 2017
    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    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

    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


    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 (http://robinhoodscholars.blogspot.com/), 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.