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The Cambridge Companion to the Epic : Cambridge Companions to Literature (Paperback) - Catherine Bates

The Cambridge Companion to the Epic

Cambridge Companions to Literature (Paperback)

By: Catherine Bates (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd July 2010
ISBN: 9780521707367
Number Of Pages: 302

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Every great civilisation from the Bronze Age to the present day has produced epic poems. Epic poetry has always had a profound influence on other literary genres, including its own parody in the form of mock-epic.

This Companion surveys over four thousand years of epic poetry from the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh to Derek Walcott's post-colonial Omeros. The list of epic poets analysed here includes some of the greatest writers in literary history in Europe and beyond : Homer, Virgil, Dante, Camaes, Spenser, Milton, Wordsworth, Keats and Pound, among others. Each essay, by an expert in the field, pays close attention to the way these writers have intimately influenced one another to form a distinctive and cross-cultural literary tradition.

Unique in its coverage of the vast scope of that tradition, this book is an essential companion for students of literature of all kinds and in all ages.

About the Author

Catherine Bates is Reader in Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick.

The Epic of Gilgamesh
Greek epic
Roman epic
Heroic epic poetry in the Middle Ages
Dante and the epic of transcendence
Italian Renaissance epic
Camµes's Os Lus¡adas: the first modern epic
The Faerie Queene: Britain's national monument
The seventeenth-century Protestant English epic
Mock-heroic and English poetry
Romantic re-appropriations of the epic
Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot and the modern epic
Derek Walcott's Omeros
Epic in translation
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ISBN: 9780521707367
ISBN-10: 0521707366
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 2nd July 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.4  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.496