Abgesagt 17345 Vertiefungsseminar

SoSe 17: S-Literatures of Medieval Britain II: Robin Hood

Andrew James Johnston


With the exception of King Arthur, perhaps, Robin Hood can arguably be called today’s most famous medieval Englishman. But, like King Arthur, he remains ultimately a legendary figure of whose historical origins we know little – indeed, he may not even have existed at all.

Most of the things we think we know about him are part of a legend created in the Early Modern period, at a time when the historical Robin Hood – if he did exist – would have long been dead. Our present-day image of the hero is shaped by layers of interpretations, by successive attempts at making a figure of popular resistance more acceptable to aristocratic society, more palatable to the intended readership of Victorian children’s books or more enjoyable for generations of American cinema-goers since the nineteen-twenties. Thus, Robin Hood is remembered today as a man who took from the rich and gave to the poor, something the earliest poems about him do not tell us. There, he did, indeed, take from the rich, but what he took, he kept.

In this seminar, we will subject to critical scrutiny some of the earliest sources on Robin Hood, the ballads and poems from the late Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, and then move on to a selection of cultural representations ranging from Shakespeare to Hollywood and TV which will show us how the legend developed into what it has become.

A reader containing relevant material will be available to students when the course starts.


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Do, 20.04.2017 16:00 - 18:00
Do, 27.04.2017 16:00 - 18:00
Do, 04.05.2017 16:00 - 18:00
Do, 11.05.2017 16:00 - 18:00
Do, 18.05.2017 16:00 - 18:00
Do, 01.06.2017 16:00 - 18:00
Do, 08.06.2017 16:00 - 18:00
Do, 15.06.2017 16:00 - 18:00
Do, 22.06.2017 16:00 - 18:00
Do, 29.06.2017 16:00 - 18:00
Do, 06.07.2017 16:00 - 18:00
Do, 13.07.2017 16:00 - 18:00
Do, 20.07.2017 16:00 - 18:00

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