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- DescriptionIn the nineteenth century, epic poetry in the Homeric style was widely seen as an ancient and anachronistic genre, yet Victorian authors worked to recreate it for the modern world. Simon Dentith explores the relationship between epic and the evolution of Britain's national identity in the nineteenth century up to the apparent demise of all tions of heroic warfare in the catastrophe of the First World War. Paradoxically, writers found equivalents of the societies which produced Homeric or Northern epics t in Europe, but on the margins of empire and among its subject peoples. Dentith considers the implications of the status of epic for a range of nineteenth-century writers, including Walter Scott, Matthew Arld, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Morris and Rudyard Kipling. He also considers the relationship between epic poetry and the vel and discusses late nineteenth-century adventure vels, concluding with a brief survey of epic in the twentieth century.
- Author BiographySimon Dentith is Professor of English at the University of Gloucestershire.
- Author(s)Professor Simon Dentith
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication15/06/2006
- SubjectEncyclopedias & General Reference
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 52
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight550 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine19 mm
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