Parution : “Reading Robin Hood”

Stephen Knight, Reading Robin Hood, Content, form and reception in the outlaw myth, Manchester University Press, 2015.


Reading Robin Hood explores and explains stories about the mythic outlaw, who from the middle ages to the present stands up for the values of natural law and true justice.

This analysis of the whole sequence of the adventures of Robin Hood first explores the medieval tradition from early poems into the long-surviving sung ballads, and also two variant Robins: the Scottish version, here named Rabbie Hood, and gentrified Robin, the exiled Earl of Huntington, now partnered by Lady Marian.

The nineteenth century re-imagined medieval Robin as modern – he loved nature, Marian, England, and the rights of the ordinary man – and in novels and especially films he has developed further, into an international figure of freedom, just as Marian’s role has grown in a modern feminist context.

The vigour of the Robin Hood myth still reproduces itself, constantly with new forms and new meanings.

Introduction: drawing an academic bow
1. Interfacing oralcy and literacy: the case of Robin Hood
2. Rabbie Hood: the development of the English outlaw myth in Scotland
3. Robin Fitz Warren: the formation of the gest of Robin Hood
4. Robin Hood for a penny: reconsidering the outlaw Broadside Ballads
5. Romantic Robin Hood
6. A novel Robin Hood: nineteenth-century outlaw fiction
7. The making and re-making of Maid Marian
8. Rhizomatic Robin Hood

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Citer ce billet
Anne Besson (2015, 26 novembre). Parution : “Reading Robin Hood” Modernités médiévales. Consulté le 23 février 2024, à l’adresse