The Outlaw Legend: A Cultural Tradition In Britain, America And Australia by Graham SealThe Outlaw Legend: A Cultural Tradition In Britain, America And Australia by Graham Seal

The Outlaw Legend: A Cultural Tradition In Britain, America And Australia

byGraham Seal

Paperback | July 13, 1996

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Highwaymen, badmen and bushrangers, both mythical and historical, have been part of folklore for centuries. Remembered and recreated through song, stories and film, this cultural tradition has been remarkably resilient across time and place. Graham Seal shows that these famous "social bandits" share many characteristics, particularly as anti-authority figures, and are best understood within class, ethnic and national struggles. From Robin Hood to outlaws in cyberspace, this book is an important study for folklorists.
Title:The Outlaw Legend: A Cultural Tradition In Britain, America And AustraliaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:July 13, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521557402

ISBN - 13:9780521557405

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Table of Contents

1. The outlaw legend; 2. Outlaws of myth; 3. British highwaymen; 4. American badmen; 5. Australian bushrangers; 6. Outlaw to national hero: the case of Ned Kelly; 7. Interpreting the Legend: convenient fictions, lore and law.

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The Outlaw Legend explores the cultural tradition of outlaw heroes. Remembered and recreated through song, stories and film, this tradition has been remarkably resilient across time and place. Graham Seal shows that these famous 'social bandits' share many characteristics, particularly as helpers of the poor pitched against authority, and are best understood within class, ethnic and national struggles. Graham Seal celebrates the manifestations of the tradition through ballads, songs and stories, many of which are reproduced in the book. He also examines the tradition itself, looking at the relationship between history and folklore and discovering that the tradition is often articulated at moments of social, economic and political stress. He addresses the interesting question of how a cultural tradition develops and endures.