Epic

Epic Author Herbert F. Tucker
ISBN-10 9780191528408
Release 2008-04-17
Pages 752
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This book is the first to provide a connected history of epic poetry in Britain between the French Revolution and the First World War. Although epic is widely held to have been shouldered aside by the novel, if not invalidated in advance by modernity, in fact the genre was practised without interruption across the long nineteenth century by nearly every prominent Romantic and Victorian poet, and shoals of ambitious poetasters into the bargain. Poets kept the epic alive by revising its conventions to meet an overlapping series of changing realities: insurgent democracy, Napoleonic war, the rise of class consciousness and repeated reform of the franchise, challenges posed by scientific advance to religious belief and cherished notions of the human, the evolution of a postnationalist and eventually imperialist identity for Britain as the world's superpower. Each of these developments called on nineteenth-century epic to do what the genre had always done: affirm the unity of its sponsoring culture through a large utterance that both acknowledged the distinctive flowering of the modern and affirmed its rootedness in tradition. The best writers answered this call by figuring Britain's self-renewal and the genre's as versions of one another. In passing Herbert Tucker notices scores of mediocre congeners (and worse), so as to show where the challenge of a given decade fell and suggest what lay at stake. The background these lesser works provide throws into relief what the book stresses in extended discussions of several dozen major works: an unbroken history of daring experimentation in which circumspect, inventive, worried epoists engaged because the genre and the age alike demanded it.



The Epic Gaze

The Epic Gaze Author Helen Lovatt
ISBN-10 9781107016118
Release 2013-06-27
Pages 414
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Re-envisions epic from Homer to Nonnus through theories of the gaze.



The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh Author
ISBN-10 9780141907185
Release 1973-10-25
Pages 128
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Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, and his companion Enkidu are the only heroes to have survived from the ancient literature of Babylon, immortalized in this epic poem that dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. Together they journey to the Spring of Youth, defeat the Bull of Heaven and slay the monster Humbaba. When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh's grief and fear of death are such that they lead him to undertake a quest for eternal life. A timeless tale of morality, tragedy and pure adventure, The Epic of Gilgamesh is a landmark literary exploration of man's search for immortality.



The Epic in Film

The Epic in Film Author Constantine Santas
ISBN-10 0742555291
Release 2008
Pages 235
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Encourages us to wonder why critics have routinely dismissed the epic film. This work argues that blockbuster and artistic are not mutually exclusive terms and that epic film is an inherently profound genre in its ability to tap into a nation's dreams and fears.



The Epic of America

The Epic of America Author James Truslow Adams
ISBN-10 9781412847018
Release 2012-05-01
Pages 433
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Originally published in 1931 by Little, Brown, and Company.



History and Warfare in Renaissance Epic

History and Warfare in Renaissance Epic Author Michael Murrin
ISBN-10 0226554031
Release 1994-01
Pages 371
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Analyzing English, Italian, and Iberian epics published between 1483 and 1610, Murrin focuses on particular aspects of warfare (cavalry clashes, old and new style sieges, the tactical use of the gun, naval warfare) and the responses to them by authors from Malory and Boiardo in the late fifteenth century to Milton in the middle seventeenth. Throughout, Murrin traces a parallel development in the art of war and in the epic as it emerged from the romance. As heroic poetry became more and more historical, the involvement in the details of military practice grew. At the same time, poets took as their subjects not just wars which happened in the remote past but recent and finally contemporary fighting. While the poets were trying to represent battles and skirmishes more realistically, however, the art of war was changing fundamentally, as heavy cavalry lost its importance, the medieval knight gave way to the modern officer, and the gun altered the way one fought.



Epic

Epic Author Paul Innes
ISBN-10 9780415587389
Release 2013
Pages 173
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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.



Epic

Epic Author Frederick Turner
ISBN-10 9781351296823
Release 2017-07-28
Pages 386
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Epic does many things. Among others, it defines the nature of the human storyteller; recalls the creation of the world and of the human race; describes the paradoxical role of the hero as both the Everyman and the radical exception; and establishes the complex quest underlying all human action. Epic illustrates that these ingredients of epic storytelling are universal cultural elements, in existence across multiple remote geographical locations, historical eras, ethnic and linguistic groups, and levels of technological and economic development. Frederick Turner argues that epic, despite being scoffed at and neglected for over sixty years, is the most fundamental and important of all literary forms and thereby deserves serious critical attention. It is the source and originof all other literature, the frame within which any story is possible. The mission of this book is to repair gaps in the literary understanding of epic studies—and offer permission to future epic writers and composers. The cultural genres of Marvel Comics, gothic, anime, manga, multi-user dungeon gaming, and superhero movies reprise all the epic themes and motifs. Consider The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Lost, The Matrix, Superman, Harry Potter, and Narnia. Here can be found the epic beast-man, the miraculous birth of the hero, the creation myth, the founding of the city, the quest journey, the descent into the land of the dead, the monsters, and the trickster. This book will be of interest to all readers fascinated by folklore, oral tradition, religious studies, anthropology, mythology, and enthusiastic about literature in general.



Epic and History

Epic and History Author David Konstan
ISBN-10 1444315641
Release 2009-10-27
Pages 456
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With contributions from leading scholars, this is a unique cross-cultural comparison of historical epics across a wide range of cultures and time periods, which presents crucial insights into how history is treated in narrative poetry. The first book to gain new insights into the topic of ‘epic and history’ through in-depth cross-cultural comparisons Covers epic traditions across the globe and across a wide range of time periods Brings together leading specialists in the field, and is edited by two internationally regarded scholars An important reference for scholars and students interested in history and literature across a broad range of disciplines



Inventing Homer

Inventing Homer Author Barbara Graziosi
ISBN-10 0521809665
Release 2002-04-25
Pages 285
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How was the poet Homer imagined by ancient Greeks? This book looks at stories circulating between the sixth and fourth centuries BC about his birth, his name and place of origin, his date, the circumstances of his life, such as the story of his blindness, his relation to other poets and his heirs. The aim is to get closer to the ancient reception of the Homeric poems, and to look at it in relation to modern representations of Homer, ancient and modern conceptions of authorship, and the 'HomericQuestion'.



Epic India Or India as Described in the Mahabharata and the Ramayana

Epic India  Or  India as Described in the Mahabharata and the Ramayana Author Chintaman Vinayak Vaidya
ISBN-10 8120615646
Release 2001
Pages 516
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India As Described In The Mahabharat And The Ramayana.



Epic

Epic Author Conor Kostick
ISBN-10 0142411590
Release 2008
Pages 366
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On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik pursuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.



The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh Author Danny P. Jackson
ISBN-10 0865163529
Release 1997-01-01
Pages 100
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-- 15 original woodcut illustrations -- 18 photographs of ancient artifacts This edition aims to reanimate the story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu for modern readers. The poetic rendition brings words to life through indelible images. A learned and lucid historical and cultural introduction fills in background for the narrative. An interpretative essay reviews the themes of Gilgamesh and their echoes in other literature. The total is a new edition that delights, informs, and stimulates readers to a new appreciation of this age-old tale.



Return to Troy

Return to Troy Author
ISBN-10 9789004296084
Release 2015-05-27
Pages 296
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Return to Troy examines the Director’s Cut of Troy: portrayals of gods, heroes, and the fall of Troy; supposed errors; cinematic epic technique; and the Iliad in twentieth-century culture. Unique features include an interview with the director and behind-the-scenes photographs.



Beyond the Epic

Beyond the Epic Author Gene Phillips
ISBN-10 9780813171555
Release 2006-11-24
Pages 592
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Two-time Academy Award winner Sir David Lean (1908–1991) was one of the most prominent directors of the twentieth century, responsible for the classics The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and Doctor Zhivago (1965). British-born Lean asserted himself in Hollywood as a major filmmaker with his epic storytelling and panoramic visions of history, but he started out as a talented film editor and director in Great Britain. As a result, he brought an art-house mentality to blockbuster films. Combining elements of biography and film criticism, Beyond the Epic: The Life and Films of David Lean uses screenplays and production histories to assess Lean’s body of work. Author Gene D. Phillips interviews actors who worked with Lean and directors who knew him, and their comments reveal new details about the director’s life and career. Phillips also explores Lean’s lesser-studied films, such as The Passionate Friends (1949), Hobson’s Choice (1954), and Summertime (1955). The result is an in-depth examination of the director in cultural, historical, and cinematic contexts. Lean’s approach to filmmaking was far different than that of many of his contemporaries. He chose his films carefully and, as a result, directed only sixteen films in a period of more than forty years. Those films, however, have become some of the landmarks of motion-picture history. Lean is best known for his epics, but Phillips also focuses on Lean’s successful adaptations of famous works of literature, including retellings of plays such as Brief Encounter (1945) and novels such as Great Expectations (1946), Oliver Twist (1948), and A Passage to India (1984). From expansive studies of war and strife to some of literature’s greatest high comedies and domestic dramas, Lean imbued all of his films with his unique creative vision. Few directors can match Lean’s ability to combine narrative sweep and psychological detail, and Phillips goes beyond Lean’s epics to reveal this unifying characteristic in the director’s body of work. Beyond the Epic is a vital assessment of a great director’s artistic process and his place in the film industry.



Homer

Homer Author Barbara Graziosi
ISBN-10 9780715632826
Release 2005-03-10
Pages 176
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Offers interpretations of the main aspects of Homeric epic: the gods and fate, gender and society, death, fame, and poetry



The Epic of Juan Latino

The Epic of Juan Latino Author Elizabeth R. Wright
ISBN-10 9781442637528
Release 2016-07-05
Pages 288
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In The Epic of Juan Latino, Elizabeth R. Wright tells the story of Renaissance Europe's first black poet and his epic poem on the naval battle of Lepanto, Austrias Carmen (The Song of John of Austria). Piecing together the surviving evidence, Wright traces Latino's life in Granada, Iberia's last Muslim metropolis, from his early clandestine education as a slave in a noble household to his distinguished career as a schoolmaster at the University of Granada. When intensifying racial discrimination and the chaos of the Morisco Revolt threatened Latino's hard-won status, he set out to secure his position by publishing an epic poem in Latin verse, the Austrias Carmen, that would demonstrate his mastery of Europe's international literary language and celebrate his own African heritage. Through Latino's remarkable, hitherto untold story, Wright illuminates the racial and religious tensions of sixteenth-century Spain and the position of black Africans within Spain's nascent empire and within the emerging African diaspora.