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Knight, Stephen 1940-

Works: 97 works in 406 publications in 2 languages and 13,525 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Poetry  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works about Stephen Knight
Most widely held works by Stephen Knight
Form and ideology in crime fiction by Stephen Knight( Book )

19 editions published between 1980 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robin Hood : a complete study of the English outlaw by Stephen Knight( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text details and analyzes the phenomenon of Robin Hood, his resistance to authority and how successive ages have interpreted him. The author suggests that in the late Middle Ages, Robin Hood was seen simply as an opponent of centralized law, whilst the Elizabethans recruited him to oppose a corrupt church. During the Restoration he came to personify treason against an anointed king. To Walter Scott, Robin was a Saxon freedom fighter, but to Keats he was a vision of an imaginatively freer time. The Georgian poets found in their hero a symbolic escape from oppressive modernity, while Hollywood, at its most vigorous - and elitist - made Robin Hood a figure of democracy. Knight's study, based on literary and sociocultural research, provides an analytic account of this figure, the English outlaw hero who has symbolized resistance to authority around the world for over 500 years
Arthurian literature and society by Stephen Knight( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 1993 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Merlin : knowledge and power through the ages by Stephen Knight( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Merlin, the wizard of Arthurian legend, has been a source of enduring fascination for centuries. In this authoritative text, the author traces the myth of Merlin back to its roots in the early Welsh figure of Myrddin. He then follows Merlin as he is imagined and reimaged through the centuries of literature and art. He covers French and German as well as Anglophone elements of the myth and brings the story up to the present with discussions of a globalized Merlin who finds his way into popular literature, film, television, and New Age philosophy. The author argues that Merlin in all his guises represents a conflict basic to Western societies - the clash between knowledge and power. While the Merlin story varies over time, the underlying structural tension remains the same whether its takes the form of bard versus lord, magician versus monarch, or scientist versus capitalist. As Knight sees it, Merlin embodies the contentious duality inherent to organized societies. -- from Book Jacket
Geoffrey Chaucer by Stephen Knight( Book )

13 editions published between 1968 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rymyng craftily : meaning in Chaucer's poetry by Stephen Knight( Book )

13 editions published between 1973 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robin Hood : a mythic biography by Stephen Knight( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The only figure in the Dictionary of National Biography who is said never to have existed, Robin Hood has taken on an air of reality few historical figures achieve. His image in various guises has been put to use as a subject of ballads, nationalist rallying point, Disney cartoon fox, greenclad figure of farce, tabloid fodder, and template for petty criminals and progressive political candidates alike. In this engaging and deeply informed book Stephen Knight looks at the different manifestations of Robin Hood at different times and places in a mythic biography with a thematic structure. The best way to get at the essence of the Robin Hood myth, Knight believes, is in terms not of chronological and generic progression but of the purposes served by heroes. Each of the book's four central chapters identifies a particular model of the hero, mythic or biographic, which dominated in certain periods and in certain genres, and explores their interrelations, their implications, and their historical and sociopolitical contexts
Crime fiction, 1800-2000 : detection, death, diversity by Stephen Knight( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title is an analytic survey of crime fiction from its origins in the 19th century to the most contemporary developments. Stephen Knight explains how and why the various forms of the genre evolved, explores major authors and movements, and argues that the genre as a whole has three parts
Robin Hood and other outlaw tales by Stephen Knight( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and English, Middle and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The structure of Sir Thomas Malory's Arthuriad by Stephen Knight( Book )

10 editions published between 1969 and 1974 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years there has been a vigorous controversy in Britain and the U.S.A. over the structure of Malory's so-called "Morte Darthur" -- is it one book or eight? In this study the author examines the main issues of the controversy and discusses the validity of the arguments. There seem to be good points made on both sides and this is because the Arthuriad is structually various in nature; it cannot be forced into one uniform structural mould or another, as previous commentators have tried to do
The brotherhood : the secret world of the Freemasons by Stephen Knight( Book )

3 editions published between 1983 and 1988 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Brotherhood removes the blanket of secrecy over Freemasonary and permits an objective investigation into a topic of considerable public interest. In Italy, recent scandals have toppled the government, and the echoes of that scandal continue to reverberate. In this inclusive book, Stephen Knight goes behind the scenes of a tightly knit, all-male society, many of whose members hold very influential positions, all of whom are bound by fierce oaths of secrecy. Does Freemasonary discriminate in favor of its members when it comes to jobs, career promotions, and business? How compatible is Freemasonary with Christianity and Judaism? A large number of instances in this book show how and where masonic ideas of morality, charity, and fraternity have been abused. The secrecy that surrounds Freemasonary has traditionally been its greatest strength. Today it has become its worst enemy. The revelations in this book will challenge many stronghold beliefs -- Book jacket
Robin Hood : an anthology of scholarship and criticism( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This first collection of major studies of aspects of the Robin Hood tradition brings together material published in a wide variety of journals, often difficult of access. It demonstrates the many different approaches which have been taken. Some historians explore records in quest of the real Robin Hood, others seek the political meaning of the texts across time; some literary scholars are concerned with origins, structures and generic variations, others look for moral and social significance." "The collection as a whole offers a valuable base for further scholarship and criticism of a hero and an archetype who for over five hundred years has challenged the imagination and defied definition."--Jacket
Crime fiction since 1800 : detection, death, diversity by Stephen Knight( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Knight's book is a full analytic survey of the popular genre of crime fiction, from its origins right up to the present day. This expanded second edition has been thoroughly updated in the light of new developments and recent research, and also explores a number of fictional works which have been published in the last few years
British industrial fictions( Book )

7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To hell with culture : anarchism and twentieth-century British literature by H. Gustav Klaus( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Anarchism is much more than chaos or bomb-throwing. As a well-considered system of thought and life, anarchism has had substantial influence in many aspects of society and writing around the world, including, far more than has been realized, British literature in the twentieth century." "Originating in a powerful condensation of the ideals of individual freedom and local cooperation, the anarchist approach was heavily influential in early twentieth-century resistance to oppression, notably in Spain. In our time anarchist ideas have resurfaced with renewed dissenting relevance in fields such as regionalism, decentralization and the ecological movement - as well as in street-level resistance to modern centralized government." "As this innovative collection shows, British literature has vigorously realized these manifestations of anarchism across time. Some treatments were nervously negative, as by Joseph Conrad and G.K. Chesterton, but many were sympathetic - English writers like Aldous Huxley, Alex Comfort, Ethel Mannin, Ralph Bates and Herbert Read, Scottish authors like Lewis Grassic Gibbon and Welsh ones like Rhys Davies and John Cowper Powys. Finally the collection explores the rich presence of the anarchist tradition in adventurous modern writers like James Kelman, Mark Ravenhill and Niall Griffiths, the Irish dramatist Enda Walsh and the whole London anarchist tradition from Emanuel Litvinoff to Iain Sinclair."--Jacket
Robin Hood : the Forresters manuscript, British Library Additional MS 71158 by Stephen Knight( Book )

13 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

British Library Additional MS 71158
A hundred years of fiction : writing Wales in English by Stephen Knight( Book )

11 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores and analyses the English-language fiction of Wales in the 20th century, and includes discussion of such authors as Amy Dillwyn, Allen Raine, Joseph Keating, Caradoc Evans, Geraint Goodwin, Hilda Vaughan, Margiad Evans, Rhys Davies, Jack Jones, Gwyn Jones, Lewis Jones, B.L. Coombes, Gwyn Thomas, Richard Llewellyn, Glyn Jones, Dylan Thomas, Alun Lewis, Michael Gareth Llewelyn, Menna Gallie, Emyr Humphreys, and Raymond Williams
Cunning exiles : studies of modern prose writers by Don Anderson( Book )

8 editions published in 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes a chapter on Jorge Luis Borges
Reading Robin Hood : content, form and reception in the outlaw myth by Stephen Knight( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mysteries of the cities : urban crime fiction in the nineteenth century by Stephen Knight( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A popular crime genre in the nineteenth century, urban mysteries have largely been ignored ever since. This historical and critical text examines the origins of the innovative genre, which sought to grapple with the rise of enormous, anonymous cities, beginning in France in 1842, then spreading rapidly across the continent and into America and Australia."
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Merlin : knowledge and power through the ages
Alternative Names
Knight, S. T.

Knight, S. T. 1940-

Knight, S. T. (Stephen Thomas)

Knight, S. T. (Stephen Thomas), 1940-

Knight, Stephen

Knight Stephen 1940-....

Knight, Stephen T. 1940-

Knight, Stephen Thomas.

Knight, Stephen Thomas 1940-

Stephen Thomas Knight Australian academic

Arthurian literature and societyMerlin : knowledge and power through the agesRobin Hood : a mythic biographyCrime fiction, 1800-2000 : detection, death, diversityRobin Hood and other outlaw talesRobin Hood : an anthology of scholarship and criticismCrime fiction since 1800 : detection, death, diversityBritish industrial fictions