Past and Present, Local and
The Second International Conference of Robin Hood Studies
Nottingham, 14th - 18th July, 1999
When the 1999 Robin Hood conference was announced, I posted the programme on my website. The actual conference didn't quite follow the original plan. But I have decided to leave this document on my website.
Most papers from this conference have not been published, but there have been much-delayed plans for two volumes to collect these papers.
To read about my conference experiences, please visit
My Return to Robin Hood Country (1999).
I went to a Robin Hood conference in Rochester, NY
in October 1997. I had a wonderful time, and this sequel conference --
held in Robin Hood's homeland -- sounds like it will be even better than
the last one. It is expensive, but it sounds like it will be worth it.
Oh, and check out who's presenting in Session 11.
Wednesday, 14th July
10.30 a.m. onwards Registration at Nightingale Hall
Coffee and sandwiches before departure for Sherwood and Southwell
1 00 p.m. Buses leave Nightingale Hall for visit to Sherwood Forest
and Southwell Minster
The programme has been arranged by Michael Eaton and Nic Broomhead,
Assistant Tourism Officer for Nottinghamshire County Council. There will
be a Sherwood Forest tour, including Edwinstowe Church (where Marion and
Robin married) and talks by local historians who have made a special study
of the history of Sherwood, including a medieval forest warden, who will
take us around Sherwood as it was in Robin's Day, and Dr Robert Laxton,
of the University of Nottingham, a dendrenologist, who will talk about
what timbers from local medieval buildings can tell us about medieval Sherwood
and about the politics and economics of Royal Forests. There will be a
guided tour of Southwell Minster, with special attention to the Chapter
House carvings (among them the ‘Green Man’).
Reception at the Saracen's Head, a fourteenth-century inn in Southwell,
hosted by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Supper will be at the Saracen's Head (cost not included but moderate).
Return to Nightingale Hall
(Bed and Breakfast at Nightingale Hall).
Thursday, 15th July
Breakfast, Nightingale Hall.
9-10.00 a.m. Session 1
Derek Pearsall (Harvard University): ‘The Ballad of Robin Hood and
John Scattergood (Trinity College, Dublin): ‘Outlaws and Parody’.
10.00 a.m. coffee.
10.30 a.m. Buses leave Nightingale Hall for Nottingham Castle and
Visit to Nottingham Castle with Graham Black (Nottingham Trent University).
Walk through the city, opportunity to see St Mary's Church and other places
associated with Robin Hood.
We will have lunch (cost not included) at pubs or cafes, etc., guided
by committee members or trusty citizens.
2.30 p.m. Nottingham Trent University
Conference delegates will be welcomed to Nottingham by the Sheriff
Plenary Lecture I
Professor of Cultural History, Lancaster University:
‘The Television Robin Hood’
Followed by refreshments and the official opening of the exhibition
by Kevin Carpenter and David Blamires:
Hurrah for Robin Hood: Robin Hood in Children's Books and Magazines,
1810 – present day
Buses return to Nightingale Hall
7.15 p.m. Dinner at Nightingale Hall
After dinner: Session 2 - A symposium ‘Robin Hood and Folk-Lore’,
chaired by Alan Gaylord (Dartmouth Collage). Speakers include Bella
Millet (Southampton University) and Seth Kunin (University of Nottingham).
(Bed and Breakfast at Nightingale Hall)
Friday, 16th July
Breakfast at Nightingale Hall.
9 - 10.30 a.m. Session 3
John Marshall (University of Bristol): ‘"Comyth in Robyn Hode": Money
Gathering at Croscombe, Somerset in the Name of the Outlaw’.
Thomas H. Ohlgren (Purdue University): ‘Norfolk, the Pastons and
Richard Call: the Manuscript Context of "Robin Hood and the Potter"’.
Anna Macbriar (University of Southern Mississippi): ‘Robin and Robin
Hood: Co-signs across National and Linguistic Boundaries’.
Kevin Carpenter (Oldenburg University): ‘Robin Hood in Boys' Weeklies,
1868 – 1920’.
Kevin Harty (La Salle University): ‘Homosociality and the Death
of the Robin Hood Legend on Screen’.
Bonnie Millar (University of Nottingham): ‘Reading the Male: Feminisation
and Hypermasculinisation in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’.
10.30 a.m. coffee
11.00 a.m. -12.30 p.m. Session 5
Richard Firth Green (University of Western Ontario): ‘Violence in
the Outlaw Tradition’.
Timothy S. Jones (Augustana College): ‘English Law and the Structure
of Medieval English Outlaw Narratives’.
Christine Chism (Rutgers University): ‘Robin Hood: Thinking Globally,
Acting Locally in the Fifteenth-Century Ballads’.
Linda Troost (Washington and Jefferson College): ‘Thomas Holcroft's
The Noble Peasant (1784): An Overlooked Reworking of an Outlaw Tale’.
Clare Blatchford (Southern Connecticut University): ‘Locating the
Power of the Greenwood in the Early Ballads and the Gest’.
Helen Phillips (University of Glamorgan): ‘Charlotte Bronte, Robin
Hood and the Industrial Revolution’.
1 p.m. lunch, Nightingale Hall.
2-3.30 p.m. Session 7
Roy Pearcy (University of Oklahoma): ‘The Literary Robin Hood: Character
and Function in Fits 1,2, and 4 of the Geste’.
David Hepworth (University of Nottingham): ‘A Grave’s Tale’
Dean Hoffman (Belmont Abbey College): ‘"Lythe and Lysten, gentylmen,
/ And herken to your songe": Guildhall Minstrelsy as Text and Subtext in
the Gest of Robyn Hode’.
Alan Gaylord (Dartmouth College): ‘The Grimness of the Green -- Cautionary
Images from Russell Hoban’.
Roberta Staples (Sacred Heart University): ‘Maid Marian: Oh, What
a Change is Here!’
Lorraine Stock (University of Houston): ‘The Women in Robin Hood's
Life: Ambivalent Constructions of the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalen, and Maid
3.30 p.m. Tea
4-5.00 p.m. Session 9
Julian Wasserman and Marcus Smith (Loyola University): ‘"Sketches
by a Green Crayon": Washington Irving, Robin Hood and the Emerging American
Stephen Knight (Cardiff University): ‘The Forest Queen’. [This was the paper that triggered the media storm about a gay Robin Hood. In truth, the gay reference was a one sentence joke and a funny preamble acknowledging the media attention.]
6.00 p.m. Dinner at Nightingale Hall
7.00 p.m. Buses to Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.
Reception and Film.
Saturday, 17th July.
Breakfast at Nightingale Hall
9-10.30 a.m. Session 10
Sally Bentley (Bishop Grosseteste College): ‘Is Robin Hood Children's
David Blamires (University of Manchester): ‘Social Change and the
Figure of Marian in Twentieth-Century Children's Books’.
Evelyn Perry: ‘The Past as Present: Robin Hood and the Formative
Allen W. Wright: ‘"Begone, Knave! Robbery is out of Fashion Hereabouts!":
Robin Hood in 1950s Comic Books’.
Laura Blunk (Cuyahoga Community College): ‘And For Best Supporting
Hero, Little John’.
Sherron Lux: ‘Maids and Matrons: The Women of Richard Carpenter’s
Robin of Sherwood Series’.[Unfortunately, Sherron could not attend this conference.]
10.30 a.m. Coffee
Plenary Lecture 2
Professor of English, University of Rochester
Robin Hood of the 1950s
2 – 3.30 p.m. Session 12
Hillary Herndon (University of Rochester): ‘The Outlaw King: An Operetta’.
David Marcombe (University of Nottingham): ‘Robin Hood: Heretic
in a Green Suit?’
Lois Potter (University of Delaware), ‘Alfred Noyes's Sherwood’.
3.30 p.m. Tea
4.00 p.m. Session 13
David Smith (Lancaster University): `South-East Asian Bandits'.
Richard Clouet (Institut Catholique d’Etudes Supérieures):
‘Robin Hood: The Legitimate Outlaw of the Middle Ages’.
Adrian Price (University of Glamorgan): ‘Welsh Bandits’.
7.00 p.m. Conference Banquet with entertainments.
Sunday, 18th July
Breakfast at Nightingale Hall
9 – 10.00 a.m. Session 14 – ‘Robin Hood and Place-Names’,
chaired by Helen Phillips (University of Glamorgan).
Gordon Stainforth: ‘Robin Hood and the Peak District’.
Michael Evans (Christchurch University): ‘Robin Hood in Sherwood
Stood? – Robin Hood and Regional Identity’.
10.00 a.m. Coffee
10.30 a.m. All-day trip to Robin Hood places in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire
and Yorkshire, devised and hosted by Stephen Knight.
[Left in for sake of completeness. Unless you have a time machine, there's no logical reason to send in fees.]
The fee for just attending (sessions) is £20.
We would like to know by June 1st if you are coming.
The non-residential fee (all meals, trips, activities, etc.) is £121.
We'd need a deposit for this: $45 by June 1st and the rest either when
you arrive or before.
Full residence is £245.
Trip on the 18th is £15. Extra.
The Robin Hood Project at the University of Rochester has more complete
information including a listing of local hotels and B&Bs, and an online
line order form. Click
here to visit their page about the conference.
The best person to e-mail about the Conference is Michelle
Wright. [No relation and her e-mail address has been deleted.]