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The history of the epic

Author: Adeline Johns-Putra
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
Series: Palgrave histories of literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The history of the epic is a long and complex one - more than two thousand years old. It is still alive today in literature and film. Shaped by centuries of composition and reception, the genre has become increasingly challenging to define. Nevertheless, its gods and heroes have continued to inspire and excite. This book charts the development of this elusive and popular form, in a history of changing attitudes to
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adeline Johns-Putra
ISBN: 1403912122 9781403912121
OCLC Number: 62593726
Description: viii, 259 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: what is the epic? --
The Classical Age: beginnings --
The Middle Ages and Renaissance: epic in the Christian Era --
The eighteenth century: epic in the modern world --
The nineteenth cnetury: epic and the self --
The twentieth and twenty-first centuries: modernist epic --
The twentieth and twenty-first centuries: epic film.
Series Title: Palgrave histories of literature.
Responsibility: Adeline Johns-Putra.
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"The history of the epic is a long and complex one - more than two thousand years old. It is still alive today in literature and film. Shaped by centuries of composition and reception, the genre has become increasingly challenging to define. Nevertheless, its gods and heroes have continued to inspire and excite. This book charts the development of this elusive and popular form, in a history of changing attitudes to heroism, nationhood, religion and the self. It is grounded in contemporary genre theory and takes stock of the very latest developments in the genre. While it acknowledges the difficulties in defining the genre, the book offers a chronicle of the epic's evolution from antiquity to the present day.

Dealing not just with classical and Renaissance epics, it also explores the directions taken by the epic in the modern era, ending with a discussion of epic film."--Jacket.

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