Revisionism (fictional)

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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood revised the folklore tale of Robin Hood to depict Robin as less ambiguously heroic, influencing all subsequent modern portrayals[1]

In analysis of works of fiction, revisionism denotes the retelling of a conventional or established narrative with significant variations which deliberately "revise" the view shown in the original work. For example, the film Dances with Wolves may be regarded as a revisionist western because it portrays Native Americans sympathetically instead of as the savages of traditional westerns. Many original works of fantasy appear to retell fairy tales in a revisionist manner.[2] The genre of "Arthurian literature" includes innumerable variations from themes of the classic tales of King Arthur. It is debatable whether any particular examples set out to create a revised view except The Mists of Avalon.

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  1. ^ "Who was the real Robin Hood?". History Magazine. 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ John Grant and John Clute, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, "Revisionist Fantasy", p. 810. ISBN 0-312-19869-8.