Burning Castles in Sherwood Forest: The Construction and Destruction of Political Ideology in Scott, Peacock, and Conan Doyle

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dc.contributor.advisor Teukolsky, Rachel
dc.contributor.advisor Wollaeger, Mark
dc.contributor.author Herbon, Margaret
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-26T19:57:54Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-26T19:57:54Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/5122
dc.description English Department Honors Thesis. en_US
dc.description.abstract For this study, I have chosen to concentrate on three historical novels from the nineteenth-century that are set in the medieval period: Ivanhoe, by Walter Scott; Maid Marian, a reworking of the Robin Hood legend by Thomas Love Peacock; and The White Company, by Arthur Conan Doyle, the story of a young Englishman who goes to seek military adventure in France with the famous (and fictitious) White Company during the Hundred Years War. As realistic novels, all three seek to transport the reader into a medieval world that is true to historical “life.” In an exploration of imagery in medievalist historical fictions, I will focus my analysis around two popular, imagistic settings which, together, encompass both angles of the political debates about this form of fiction: the forest and the castle. The following pages provide a general summary of the range and reach of British medievalism: how and why it originated, the many different forms it took, and, crucially, the different ideologies bound up in portrayals and “mobilizations” of the medieval past. I will also, however, question these established ways of thinking about medievalism, providing examples from the three main primary texts of this project. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject medievalism in Victorian literature en_US
dc.subject Scott, Sir Walter en_US
dc.subject Conan Doyle, Arthur en_US
dc.subject Peacock, Thomas Love en_US
dc.subject symbolic spaces in literature en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. Ivanhoe en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Peacock, Thomas Love, 1785-1866. Maid Marian en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930. White company en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Medievalism in literature en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Forests in literature en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Castles in literature en_US
dc.title Burning Castles in Sherwood Forest: The Construction and Destruction of Political Ideology in Scott, Peacock, and Conan Doyle en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college College of Arts and Science en_US
dc.description.department English Department en_US

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