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Exporting Englishness
in Swashbucklers
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The Adventures of Robin Hood marks the origin of the television swashbuckler. The Adventures of Robin Hood has attracted critical interest due to the involvement of a number of blacklisted American writers whose contributions had a significant bearing on the politics of the series. The Adventures of Robin Hood was produced by Sapphire Films for the Incorporated Television Programme Company (ITP). Robin Hood is probably the most ideologically flexible of all popular heroes. For this reason Robin appeals across the political spectrum. The pro-royalist ideology of The Adventures of Robin Hood might on the face of it sit somewhat uneasily with American sensibilities, given that the United States has historically prided itself on breaking away from the British monarchy. The progressive social politics of The Adventures of Robin Hood are also evident in its representation of minorities and outsiders.

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