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The History of the Epic

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Part of the Palgrave Histories of Literature book series (Palgrave Histories of Literature)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Adeline Johns-Putra
    Pages 1-11
  3. Adeline Johns-Putra
    Pages 12-48
  4. Adeline Johns-Putra
    Pages 84-113
  5. Adeline Johns-Putra
    Pages 114-154
  6. Adeline Johns-Putra
    Pages 188-214
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 215-259

About this book


This book presents a history of the epic from the classical age to the present day. It deals not just with the well-know epics of antiquity and the Renaissance, but also pursues developments in more recent literature and film. It offers an exploration of the changes that have taken place in the genre from Homer to Hollywood.


antiquity English literature epic film genre history history of literature Hollywood Homer knowledge literature Middle Ages present Renaissance

About the authors

ADELINE JOHNS-PUTRA is Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, UK. She is the author of Heroes and Housewives: Women's Epic Poetry and Domestic Ideology in the Romantic Age (2001), and has also published articles on gender and genre in the Romantic age.

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