1st Edition


ISBN 9780415587396
Published March 12, 2013 by Routledge
192 Pages

USD $24.95

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Epic Literary History  Chapter Two: Ancient and Classical Epic  Chapter Three: From The Heroic towards Romance and Allegory  Chapter Four: The Renaissance and the Early Novel  Chapter Five: Epic in the Age of the Individual

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Paul Innes is a senior lecturer in adult and continuing education at the University of Glasgow. He has published widely on Shakespeare, early modern literature and literary theory.