Playing Robin Hood: The Legend as Performance in Five Centuries

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Lois Potter
University of Delaware Press, 1998 - Drama - 254 pages
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For over five hundred years, people have been assuming the roles of Robin Hood and his companions, both in the context of plays and games and in real life. The immense popularity of the legend has been attributed to popular and elite sources, to subversive and authoritarian impulses, to its reflection of historical conditions, and to its escape from them. Less interested in the causes than the effects of this popularity, the ten essays in this collection explore the ways in which "Robin Hood" has been performed over time and in several different cultures, some of which probably never heard his name.
 

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Contents

Introduction
13
The Elizabethan Robin Hood Plays
21
The Robin Hood of the Records
27
The Representation of Robin Hood in Elizabethan Drama George a Greene and Edward I
45
Mundays Unruly Earl
63
Crossdressing in Elizabethan Robin Hood Plays
77
CrossCultural CrossDressing
91
Sweet Moll and Malinche Maid Marian Goes to Mexico
101
Clothes Unmake the Social Bandit Stenka Razin and the Golytba
111
Robin Hood in Japan
136
Nostalgia and Its Enemies
159
Quite Another Man The Restoration Robin Hood
167
The Apotheosis of Maid Marian Tennysons The Foresters and the NineteenthCentury Theater
182
Robin Hood on Film Can We Ever Again Make Them Like They Used To?
205
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Lois Potter is the Ned B. Allen Professor of English at the University of Delaware, USA.

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