Pilgrimage and Literary Tradition
By (author) Philip Edwards
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Pilgrimage and Literary Tradition by Philip Edwards
Book DescriptionIn this original and wide-ranging book, Philip Edwards examines the theme of pilgrimage in the works of a variety of major writers, including Shakespeare, Conrad, T. S. Eliot, Yeats, and Heaney. Edwards considers the original and early uses of the terms 'pilgrim' and 'pilgrimage' in life and literature, and demonstrates the importance, vitality and flexibility of pilgrimage as a literary theme over the centuries. The emphasis is almost wholly on post-reformation writers, analysing the theme of pilgrimage in major works where previously it has not been thought to exist, and marking an important departure from traditional studies of the pilgrim and pilgrimage in literature. With the character of Hamlet central to the discussion, Edwards argues the emergence in Shakespeare of a new tragic vision of pilgrimage, which perhaps had its beginnings in ancient Irish literature. This is a groundbreaking and unusual study, which encompasses centuries under a common, and vital, theme.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521847629
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Philip Edwards
Pilgrimage and Literary Tradition, Paperback (December 2009)
An original and wide-ranging study of the pilgrimage theme in literature.
Shakespeare and the Confines of Art, Paperback (September 2008)
By a selective study of certain of the comedies, tragedies and sonnets, this book views Shakespeare's work as a whole and explains why his art developed as it did. It suggests that we are watching the progress of a mind as acutely conscious as anyone today of the disorder and lack of meaning in the world.
Shakespeare's Styles, Paperback (December 2004)
Shakespeare scholars give an account of particularly important or interesting features of Shakespeare's use of language.
Story of the Voyage, Paperback (May 2004)» View all books by Philip Edwards
Study of voyage narratives, including Cook and Bligh, set in the context of British imperialism.
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Author Biography - Philip Edwards
Philip Edwards is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool.
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