Robin Hood Fantasies: Beyond Realism and Verisimilitude (A Roundtable, Virtual), ICMS, Kalamzoo, May 11-13, 2023

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Alexander L. Kaufman / International Association for Robin Hood Studies
contact email: 

CFP: 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11–13, 2023

Sponsored Session of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies (IARHS)

Robin Hood Fantasies: Beyond Realism and Verisimilitude (A Roundtable)

Contact: Alexander L. Kaufman, alkaufman@bsu.edu
Session Modality: Virtual

For audiences of Robin Hood texts, there is a tendency to describe the tradition as grounded in realism. This roundtable seeks papers that explore how the medieval and post-medieval Robin Hood tradition negotiates the reality of outlawry and the historical contexts associated with the outlaw, alongside tropes that belong to genres such as speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, fairy tales, and contemporary romance in literature and media. Have we fully moved toward an un-real Robin Hood, and if so, what are the implications? In focusing on the fantastical, this panel seeks to interrogate the value of fiction as fiction.

The Robin Hood tradition has been connected in some manner with a historical reality, and some scholars continue to seek the “real” that is within literary texts or historical records. This panel further seeks to underscore how the histories that are a part of Robin Hood texts are themselves fictive, literary representations of a history, historical event, or figure. We should begin to consider how Robin Hood literary and media texts belong to the broad genre of fantasy and its numerous sub- and adjacent-genres.

Please send a 250-word abstract by 15 September 2022 to alkaufman@bsu.edu and simultaneously submit it to the Confex system for the ICMS: https://icms.confex.com/icms/2023/cfp.cgi. Proposals must be uploaded to the Confex system for consideration.