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- DescriptionThe epic tradition has been part of many different cultures throughout human history. This teworthy collection of essays provides a comparative reassessment of epic and its role in the ancient, medieval, and modern worlds, as it explores the variety of contemporary approaches to the epic genre. Employing theoretical perspectives drawn from anthropology, literary studies, and gender studies, the authors examine familiar and less well kwn oral and literary traditions--ancient Greek and Latin, Arabic, South Slavic, Indian, Native American, Italian, English, and Caribbean--demonstrating the continuing vitality of the epic tradition. Juxtaposing work on the traditional can of western epics with scholarship on contemporary epics from various parts of the world, these essays cross the divide between oral and literary forms that has long marked the approach to the genre. With its focus on the links among narrative, politics, and performance, the collection creates a new dialogue illustrating the sociopolitical significance of the epic tradition. Taken together, the essays raise compelling new issues for the study of epic, as they examine concerns such as national identity, gender, pedagogy, and the creation of the can.
- Author BiographyMargaret Beissinger is Lecturer in Slavic Languages; Jane Tylus is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature; and Susanne Wofford is Associate Professor of English. All are affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication29/03/1999
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight463 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Edited byJane Tylus,Margaret Beissinger,Susanne Wofford
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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