Epic

1st Edition

Paul Innes

Routledge
Published January 31, 2013
Reference - 182 Pages
ISBN 9780415587396 - CAT# Y109732
Series: The New Critical Idiom

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Summary

This student guidebook offers a clear introduction to an often complex and unwieldy area of literary studies. Tracing epic from its ancient and classical roots through postmodern and contemporary examples this volume discusses:

  • a wide range of writers including Homer, Vergil, Ovid, Dante, Chaucer, Milton, Cervantes, Keats, Byron, Eliot, Walcott and Tolkien
  • texts from poems, novels, children’s literature, tv, theatre and film
  • themes and motifs such as romance, tragedy, religion, journeys and the supernatural.

Offering new directions for the future and addressing the place of epic in both English-language texts and World Literature, this handy book takes you on a fascinating guided tour through the epic.

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