Outlaw Heroes in Myth and History

Outlaw Heroes in Myth and History

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This book is an overview and analysis of the global tradition of the outlaw hero. The mythology and history of the outlaw hero is traced from the Roman Empire to the present, showing how both real and mythic figures have influenced social, political, economic and cultural outcomes in many times and places. The book also looks at the contemporary continuations of the outlaw hero mythology, not only in popular culture and everyday life, but also in the current outbreak of global terrorism. The book also presents a more general argument related to the importance of understanding folk and popular mythologies in historical contexts. Outlaw heroes have a strong purchase in high and popular culture, appearing in film, books, plays, music, drama, art, even ballet. To simply ignore and discard such powerful expressions without understanding their origins, persistence and especially their ongoing cultural consequences, is to refuse the opportunity to comprehend some profoundly important aspects of human behaviour. These issues are pursued through discussion of the processes through which real and mythical outlaw heroes are romanticised, sentimentalised, sanitised, commodified and mythologised. The result is a new position in the continuing controversy over the existence the a€˜social bandita€™ that highlights the central role of mythology in the creation and perpetuation of outlaw heroes.Rebels, Revolutionaries and Bushrangers, (Canberra: National Museum of Australia, 2003), 30a€“33. 8 Tobias Smollett, Travels through France and Italy ( London, 1766), online at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2311/ 2311-h/2311-h.htm (accessed 12 April 2011). ... 19) (London: Folklore Society, 1984), 46a€“89; P. Radin, , The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology ( New York:anbsp;...

Title:Outlaw Heroes in Myth and History
Author:Graham Seal
Publisher:Anthem Press - 2011


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