By Paul Innes

Series Editor: John Drakakis

© 2013 – Routledge

182 pages

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About the Book

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

About the Author/Editor

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.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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