Medieval Cultural Studies

Essays in Honour of Stephen Knight

Edited by Ruth Evans, Helen Fulton, and David Matthews

Edited by Ruth Evans, Helen Fulton, and David Matthews

Distributed for University of Wales Press

286 pages | 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 | © 2006
Cloth $99.95 ISBN: 9780708319581 Published January 2006 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This collection of newly commissioned essays celebrates the sixty-fifth birthday of Professor Stephen Knight in 2005 by paying tribute to his pioneering work in a discipline we call ‘medieval cultural studies’. This is the first book-length study of this relatively new discipline.
 
The contributions are grouped under five main headings: Defining the Field: Medieval Cultural Studies?; Robin Hood; Historical Chaucer; The Cultural Politics of Romance; Cultural Politics/The Politics of Culture. The essays address their subjects – ‘medievalism’; Robin Hood; fabliaux; medievalist crime fiction; medieval romance; Chaucer; contemporary novels with medieval drama settings; medieval London; skaldic poetry; the crusades – in the broad spirit of the kind of work that used to be done at the Birmingham Centre for Cultural Studies, and which is carried on more widely in cultural studies departments in the US, Australia and the rest of Britain.
 
Distinguished contributors from Australia, North America, England, Scotland and Wales bear witness to Stephen Knight’s diverse teaching experiences and research interests, by reflecting on and developing the work of a man who has inaugurated so much innovative thinking about the medieval past and its cultural legacies.
Contents
Contributors
 
1. Introduction: Stephen Knight and Medieval Cultural Studies
RUTH EVANS, HELEN FULTON, DAVID MATTHEWS

I. DEFINING THE FIELD: MEDIEVAL CULTURAL STUDIES

2. What was Medievalism?: Medieval Studies, Medievalism, and Cultural Studies
DAVID MATTHEWS (University of Manchester)

3. Cultural Studies and Carnal Speech: The Long, Profane Shadow of the Fabliau
LARRY SCANLON (Rutgers University)

4. Robin Hood and the Rise of Cultural Studies
TOM HAHN (Rochester University)

II. ROBIN HOOD

5. Robin Hood and Public Record: The Authority of Writing in the Medieval Outlaw Tradition
W. M. ORMROD (University of York)

6. A Tale of Robin Hood: Robin Hood as Bishop
HELEN COOPER (Cambridge University)

7. ‘We Band of Brothers’: Rousing Speeches from Robin Hood to Black Knight
MARTHA W. DRIVER (Pace University)

8. ‘God send us a good scheryf thys yere’: Oppositional Ideology in the Early Robin Hood Poems
THOMAS H. OHLGREN (Purdue University)

III. HISTORICAL CHAUCER

9. ‘A gay yeman, under a forest side’: ‘The Friar’s Tale’ and the Robin Hood Tradition
HELEN PHILLIPS (Cardiff University)

10. Cheapside in the Age of Chaucer
HELEN FULTON (University of Wales Swansea)

11. Chaucer’s Knight and the Northern ‘Crusades’: The Example of Henry Bolingbroke
HENRY ANSGAR KELLY (UCLA)

12. The Pardoner’s ‘lewed peple’: Apes, Japes and the Pre-History of Mass Culture
STEPHANIE TRIGG (University of Melbourne)

IV. THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF ROMANCE

13. Bovo Then And Now: An Old Yiddish Romance in its Time and Ours
SHEILA DELANY (Simon Fraser University)

14. Sir Orfeo and Bare Life
RUTH EVANS (University of Stirling)

15. Chivalric Perspectives in the Middle English Otuel Romances
DIANE SPEED (University of Sydney)

V. CULTURAL POLITICS / THE POLITICS OF CULTURE

16. The Cultural Politics of the Skaldic Ekphrasis Poem in Medieval Norway and Iceland
MARGARET CLUNIES ROSS (University of Sydney)

17. Medieval Murder – Modern Crime Fiction
GERALDINE BARNES (University of Sydney)

18. Explaining the ‘Mysteries’: Medieval Theatre and Modern Fictions
MARGARET ROGERSON (University of Sydney)

19. BIBLIOGRAPHY of Stephen Knight’s writings
LUCY SUSSEX (University of Melbourne)

Index

Tabula Gratulatoria
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