The Renaissance Studies Program invites you to the second lecture in the new series “Political Renaissance,” by
JEAN E. HOWARD
The Political Fortunes of Robin Hood on the Late Elizabethan Stage
5:30 p.m., Monday, March 8, 2010 University Club (upstairs)- Indiana Memorial Union
From the late medieval period Robin Hood had held a special place in the popular imagination as a representative of English yeoman values and a critic of corruption at court and in the church. Written about in ballads and chronicles, the popular hero was also widely celebrated in May Day Games and other non-commercial dramatic events.
In the 1590s Robin Hood was also appropriated by the London stage. We know of seven plays in which he was featured, five of them still extant. This paper will explore the various and complex ways that the commercial stage changed the Robin Hood story and altered its political import during this decade.
Jean E. Howard is George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University
This lecture is made possible through the generous support of the College Arts and Humanities Institute, The College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost, the Department of English.
Refreshments to follow the talk!