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The Growth of Literature

The Growth of Literature

Volume 1. The Ancient Literatures of Europe


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108016148

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  • First published between 1932 and 1940, this is a three-volume study of the historical development of literature. It explores the oral and written literatures of regions from Iceland and the British Isles, to Russia, the Balkans, Africa, India and the Pacific, placing them in their historical context and examining similarities between them. The authors discuss both ancient and recent texts, illustrating the connections within each group and considering the question of whether all literary growth is influenced by common factors. Praised on publication as '… a work that is not, probably could not be, superseded' (International Journal of Comparative Sociology), the book remains a benchmark for those studying comparative literature or the history of literary criticism. Volume 1 analyses a range of medieval British and Icelandic poetry and sagas, drawing analogies with the literature of early Greece and focusing particularly on the concept of heroic literature.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108016148
    • length: 698 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The heroic age
    3. Heroic poetry and saga
    4. The heroic milieu
    5. Individualism in the heroic stories
    6. Non-heroic stories relating to the heroic age
    7. Historical elements in stories of the heroic age
    8. Unhistorical elements in stories of the heroic age
    9. Poetry and saga relating to deities
    10. Antiquarian learning
    11. Post-heroic poetry and saga
    12. Gnomic poetry
    13. Descriptive poetry
    14. Poetry and saga relating to unspecified individuals
    15. Mantic poetry
    16. Literature and writing
    17. The texts
    18. Recitation and composition
    19. The author
    20. Inspiration
    Excursus 1. Merlin in the works of Geoffrey of Monmouth
    Excursus 2. The written epic

  • Authors

    H. Munro Chadwick

    Nora K. Chadwick

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