Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Epic and Empire by David Quint

Alexander the Great, according to Plutarch, carried on his campaigns a copy of the Iliad, kept alongside a dagger; on a more pronounced ideological level, ancient Romans looked to the Aeneid as an argument for imperialism. In this major reinterpretation of epic poetry beginning with Virgil, David Quint explores the political context and meanings of key works in Western literature. He divides the history of the genre into two political traditions: the Virgilian epics of conquest and empire that take the victors' side (the Aeneid itself, Camoes's Lusiadas, Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata) and the countervailing epic of the defeated and of republican liberty (Lucan's Pharsalia, Ercilla's Araucana, and d'Aubigne's Les tragiques). These traditions produce opposing ideas of historical narrative: a linear, teleological narrative that belongs to the imperial conquerors, and an episodic and open-ended narrative identified with "romance," the story told of and by the defeated. Quint situates Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained within these rival traditions.He extends his political analysis to the scholarly revival of medieval epic in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and to Sergei Eisenstein's epic film, Alexander Nevsky. Attending both to the topical contexts of individual poems and to the larger historical development of the epic genre, Epic and Empire provides new models for exploring the relationship between ideology and literary form.

Buy Epic and Empire by David Quint from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780691015200
ISBN-10: 0691015201
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jan-1993
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - Epic and Empire by David Quint

Book Reviews - Epic and Empire by David Quint

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Epic and Empire book by David Quint and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - David Quint

David Quint is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Yale University. He is the author of Origin and Originality in Renaissance Literature (Yale) and The Stanze of Angelo Poliziano (Massachusetts).

Books By David Quint

Montaigne and the Quality of Mercy by David Quint
Paperback, July 2014
$46.79
Inside 'Paradise Lost' by David Quint
Paperback, January 2014
$67.50
Don Quixote by David Quint
Paperback, March 2009
$26.06
Cervantes's Novel of Modern Times by David Quint
Paperback, June 2005
$53.99