Abstract

During the twentieth century, numerous children's and young adult variations of the Robin Hood legend substantially expanded Maid Marian's role. Maid Marian figures in works by Carola Oman, Teresa Tomlinson, Robin McKinley, and Marcia Williams provide examples of playful experimentation with textual and cultural constructions of young womanhood. The retellings serve as "transgression" sites that both reinforce and test cultural and historical constructions of womanhood. In these permutations, Maid Marian figures blur gender boundaries, expose class conflicts, and demonstrate women's significant participation in the symbolic economies, social structures, and sexualities of the court, town, and forest.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6563
Print ISSN
0147-2593
Pages
pp. 209-231
Launched on MUSE
2007-11-08
Open Access
No
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