When: Thursday 8th of December 2011, 6.30pm – 8pm
Venue: The Red Wheelbarrow Bookshop, 105 Lygon St, Brunswick East
Co-ordinator: Stephen Knight
Thursday 8th December, 6.30 – 8pm
Robin Hood & Maid Marian: The Politics of a Myth
The tradition of Robin Hood and Maid Marian has been around for over 600 years, appearing in song, poetry, prose, drama, and notably in film and television. The myth has remarkable variety in theme as well as form: this story of resistance to authority has constantly been reworked in terms of contemporary ideas about authority, and why and how it ought to be resisted (or in some cases, not). This talk and discussion will survey the major variations across time and place, including the varying, and now growing, importance of Maid Marian, and the recent obsession with whether Robin Hood really existed. Stephen Knight for many years taught English literature at the universities of Sydney and Melbourne and then in Britain. Recently retired to Melbourne, he is the author of books and essays on the outlaw tradition (as well as crime fiction and other topics) and has a long-standing commitment to public, and free, education.