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Myth and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain
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Myth and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood

Stephanie Barczewski


Scholars have become increasingly interested in how modern national consciousness comes into being through fictional narratives. Literature is of particular importance to this process, for it is responsible for tracing the nation's evolution through glorious tales of its history. In nineteenth-century Britain, the legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood played an important role in the construction of contemporary national identity. These two legends provide excellent windows through which to view British culture, because they provide very different perspectives. King Arthur and Robin Hood have t ... More

Keywords: national identity, literature, nineteenth-century Britain, King Arthur, Robin Hood, legend, British culture, British nationalism, national hero, myth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198207283
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie Barczewski, author