Ballad studies and criticism
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-07-12. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-05-06.
- Bessinger, Jr., Jess Balsor. The Beginnings of the Robin Hood Tradition, with an Annotated Bibliographical Supplement to 1951 (Harvard University, 1952)
- Butler, Michelle M. '"All the yemandry that ys here": Mankind and Robin Hood', in: Kaufman, Alexander L., ed. British Outlaws of Literature and History (Jefferson, NC, 2011), pp. 219-38.
- Cotten-Spreckelmeyer, Antha. 'Robin Hood: Outlaw or Exile?', in: Kaufman, Alexander L., ed. British Outlaws of Literature and History (Jefferson, NC, 2011), pp. 133-45.
- Flügel, Ewald. 'Zur Chronologie der Englischen Balladen', Anglia, vol. XXI (1899), pp. 312-58. Virtually exhaustive chronological annotated listing of printings of Child ballads, preceded by a discussion of missing glosses and other minor shortcomings of the ESPB from a philological point of view.
- Fox, Adam. 'Remembering the Past in Early Modern England: Oral and Written Tradition', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, vol. 9 (1999), pp. 233-56.
- Fricke, Richard. Die Robin-Hood-Balladen: ein Beiträg zum Studium der englischen Volksdichtung (Braunschweig, 1883).
- Green, Richard Firth. 'Violence in the Early Robin Hood Ballads', in: Meyerson, Mark D., ed.; Thiery, Daniel, ed.; Falk, Oren, ed. A Great Effusion of Blood? Interpreting Medieval Violence (Tornoto; Buffalo; London, 2004), pp. 268-86.
- Griffin, Carrie. 'The Forresters Manuscript: A Book on the Margins?', in: Knight, Stephen, ed. Robin Hood in Greenwood Stood: Alterity and Context in the English Outlaw Tradition (Turnhout, Belgium, ), pp. 119-33.
- Johnson, Valerie B. The Legend of Robin Hood: From Medieval Ballad to Modern Novel (unpublished B.A. honors thesis; Northampton, Massachusetts: Smith College, 2002)
- Kaufman, Alexander L., ed. British Outlaws of Literature and History (Jefferson, NC, 2011).
- Kaufman, Alexander L. 'Histories of Contexts: Form, Argument, and Ideology in A Gest of Robyn Hode', in: Kaufman, Alexander L., ed. British Outlaws of Literature and History (Jefferson, NC, 2011), pp. 146-64.
- Kirgiss, Crystal. 'Popular Devotion and Prosperity Gospel in Early Robin Hood Tales', in: Kaufman, Alexander L., ed. British Outlaws of Literature and History (Jefferson, NC, 2011), pp. 165-78.
- Knight, Stephen. Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw (Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1994). A study which pays more attention to post-Medieval developments than most prior works on the outlaw tradition (presumably this circumstance suggested the book's immodest subtitle). The book is an important work on the Robin Hood tradition, even if there are many points where I believe a more detailed analysis of the evidence must lead one to disagree with Knight. I find it unfortunate that there should be so many disparaging remarks about the work of Knight's predecessors in the field. It is largely thanks to a good half dozen historians that Robin Hood has become an accepted part of university curricula, but Knight writes them off as ""empiricists" and often denies the validity of the conclusions they reached without discussing the evidence in any detail. Neither is it, for instance, entirely fair when Knight claims that before this book there did not exist "any serious literary study" (p. viii) of the outlaw tradition or that previous writers have in most cases failed to appreciate the complexity of early modern Robin Hood folk festivities (pp. 99-100). At times, one gets the impression that Knight earnestly believes Robin Hood studies did only really start with him. All this being said, the book is required reading, but it does in no way replace the work of Holt or Dobson & Taylor
- Lawrence, William Witherle. Medieval Story and the Beginnings of the Social Ideals of English-Speaking People (New York, 1911); "Lecture VII—The Ballads of Robin Hood" (pp. 169-94); also see p. 168.
- Leahy, Mark. '"Where Shall We Rob?": Fantasies of Justice in the Early Robin Hood Ballads', in: Kaufman, Alexander L., ed. British Outlaws of Literature and History (Jefferson, NC, 2011), pp. 204-18.
- Marshall, John. 'Picturing Robin Hood in Early Print and Performance: 1500-1590', in: Potter, Lois, ed.; Calhoun, Joshua, ed. Images of Robin Hood: Medieval to Modern (Newark, 2008), pp. 60-82.
- Rouse, Andrew C. 'The Folk Song Lyric – From Classlessness to Classriddenness', Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, vol. 9 (2003), pp. 209-221.
- Steadman, Jr., John Marcellus. 'The Dramatization of the Robin Hood Ballads', Modern Philology, vol. 17 (1919), pp. 9-23.
- Taylor. Joseph. '"Me longeth sore to Bernysdale": Centralization, Resistance, and the Bare Life of the Greenwood in A Gest of Robyn Hode', Modern Philology, vol. 110 (2013), pp. 313-39.
- Thompson, Kimberly Ann. 'The Late Medieval Robin Hood: Good Yeomanry and Bad Performances', in: Potter, Lois, ed.; Calhoun, Joshua, ed. Images of Robin Hood: Medieval to Modern (Newark, 2008), pp. 102-110.
- Thompson, Kimberly A. Macaure. 'The Late Medieval Robin Hood Ballads: Economics Revisited', in: Kaufman, Alexander L., ed. British Outlaws of Literature and History (Jefferson, NC, 2011), pp. 179-203.
- Wadiak, Walter. 'What shall these bowes do?': The Gift and its Violence in A Gest of Robyn Hode', Exemplaria, vol. 24 (2012), pp. 238-59
- Rahman, Sabina. Robin Hood and the Three Estates of Medieval Society (unpublushed Master of Philosophy thesis; Sydney: University of Sydney, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 2016)
- Stockton, Edwin L. 'Archery in the Ballads', Journal of the Society of Archer-Antiquaries, vol. 5 (1962), pp. 40-44.
Dated yet interesting
- Barry, Edward. Thèse de Littérature sur les Vicissitudes et les Transformations du Cycle Populaire de Robin Hood (Paris, 1832).
- Orange, James. History and Antiquities of Nottingham, in which are Exhibited the Various Institutions, Manners, Customs, Arts, and Manufactures of the People; their Social and Domestic Habits; Civil and Political Conditions, under Every Successive Government, from their Conquests by the Normans, Danes, Saxons, Romans, and Early British Dependency, down to the Present Time: Forming a Condensed but Comprehensive English as well as Local History, Chronologically Arranged (London; Nottingham, 1840), vol. I, pp. 202-224 (Book VII, Ch. VII), "Robin Hood".
- G., J.M. 'Christ's Hospital – Old Songs once Popular there', Notes & Queries, Series 1, vol. I (1850), pp. 421-22; the author, almost certainly John Mathew Gutch, mentions his searches for Robin Hood ballads at the library of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
- Ker, W.P.; Chambers, R.W., annotator. Form and Style in Poetry: Lectures and Notes (London, 1928), pp. 34, 37. Cites (p. 34) the opening line of the Gest as a typical example of a minstrel's introductory tag. P. 37: the Gest, the Danish Long Ballad of Marsk Stig, and one of the Spanish ballads on the Infantes de Lara are examples of "the compiling of separate songs into one poem".
- Moore, John Robert. 'Omission of the Central Action in English Ballads', Modern Philology, vol. XIII (1914), pp. 391-406; see pp. 394, 396, 397, 401, 404.
- Pound, Louise. 'The Southwestern Cowboy Songs and the English and Scottish Popular Ballads', Modern Philology, vol. XI (1913), pp. 195-207; see pp. 195, 202.