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The Growth of Literature

The Growth of Literature

Volume 2


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108016155


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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 Praised on publication as '… a work that is not, probably could not be, superseded' (International Journal of Comparative Sociology), the book remains a benchmark for those studying comparative literature or the history of literary criticism.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 2 focuses particularly on Russia and the Balkans, and also surveys both early Indian and early Hebrew literature.

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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108016155
    • length: 806 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 41 mm
    • weight: 0.92kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Explanatory note on 'types' and 'saga'
    Part I. Russian Oral Literature:
    1. Introduction. Oral tradition and writing
    2. Heroic poetry. The Byliny
    3. The heroic milieu. Individualism in the heroic poems
    4. Historical and unhistorical elements in the Byliny
    5. The texts
    6. Saga
    7. Non-heroic poetry. The Stikhi (1)
    8. Poetry relating to scriptural subjects and to the saints of the Greek church. The Stikhi (2)
    9. Post-heroic, antiquarian, gnomic and descriptive poetry and saga
    10. Poetry relating to unspecified individuals
    11. The recitation and composition of heroic poetry and saga. The Skaziteli
    12. The recitation and composition of religious poetry. The Kalêki
    13. The popular poet and story-teller
    List of abbreviations used in Part I
    Part II. Yugoslav Oral Poetry:
    1. Introduction. Literature and writing
    2. Heroic poetry
    3. Non-heroic poetry
    4. The heroic milieu. Individualism
    5. Unhistorical elements in heroic poetry
    6. Poetry relating to supernatural beings
    7. Poetry relating to unspecified individuals
    8. The remaining categories. (1) Antiquarian poetry, (2) Gnomic, descriptive and mantic poetry
    9. The texts
    10. Recitation and composition. The poet
    Part III. Early Indian Literature:
    1. Introduction. Literature and writing
    2. Heroic poetry
    3. The heroic milieu. Individualism
    4. Non-heroic poetry and saga
    5. Historical and unhistorical elements in heroic poetry
    6. Poetry and saga relating to deities
    7. Antiquarian learning
    8. Gnomic and descriptive poetry
    9. Poetry (and prose) relating to unspecified individuals
    10. Mantic poetry and prose
    11. The texts
    12. Recitation and composition. The author
    Part IV. Early Hebrew Literature:
    1. Introduction. Literature and writing
    2. The heroic age. Heroic saga and poetry
    3. Non-heroic saga and poetry
    4. The heroic milieu. Individualism
    5. Historical and unhistorical elements in heroic poetry
    6. Antiquarian learning
    7. Theological and mantic literature
    8. Gnomic and descriptive literature. Literature relating to unspecified individuals
    9. The texts. Recitation and composition
    10. The author

  • Authors

    H. Munro Chadwick

    Nora K. Chadwick

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