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The Growth of Literature H. Munro Chadwick

The Growth of Literature By H. Munro Chadwick

The Growth of Literature by H. Munro Chadwick


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First published between 1932 and 1940, this three-volume book was a pioneering study of the historical development of world literature. Volume 1 analyses a range of medieval British and Icelandic poetry and sagas, drawing analogies with the literature of early Greece and focussing particularly on heroic literature.

The Growth of Literature Summary

The Growth of Literature by H. Munro Chadwick

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 a work that is not, probably could not be, superseded' (International Journal of Comparative Sociology), the book remains a benchmark for those studying comparative literature or the history of literary criticism.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.

Table of Contents

Preface; 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; Addenda; Index.

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NLS9781108016148
9781108016148
1108016146
The Growth of Literature by H. Munro Chadwick
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2010-10-31
698
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