Aspects of Sufferring: Classical Themes in Literature in English

Aspects of Sufferring: Classical Themes in Literature in English

by Liliana Sikorska (Editor)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820465449
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Series: Polish Studies in English Language and Literature Series
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

The Editor: Liliana Sikorska, professor of English literature and head of the Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics at the School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, author of several books and numerous articles on medieval English literature, primarily on drama and medieval mystical culture; visiting scholar at the University of Florida (Gainesville), University of California at Los Angeles, Brown University (Providence) and the American University (Washington, DC).

Table of Contents

Preface7
1.Allusion, influence, intertextuality-classical themes in the literature in English: by way of introduction9
2.The journey into the underworld in the medieval 'Harrowing of Hell' scenes of the cycle plays23
3.The tragedy of war heroes within the heroic and chivalric tradition: Statius and John Lydgate's accounts of the fall of Thebes45
4.The uses of classical imagery in Christopher Marlowe's Edward II63
5.From the epic to the historical novel: the transition from the epic to the novelistic tradition in Sir Walter Scott's Waverley87
6.Between the mundane and the mythical: Victorian female characters and their mythical counterparts107
7.Exile as suffering in Salman Rushdie's Grimus, Shame and Fury131
8."I Suffer Therefore I Change"-the echoes of Ovid's Metamorphoses in Aritha van Herk's No fixed address: an amorous journey157
9.De(con)struction, transformation, metamorphosis-the mythical and the magical in The invention of the world by Jack Hodgins181
10.Aspects of classical tragedy in Edward Bond's The Woman199
11.Tropes of the classical 'Passage through Hell' in works of twentieth century English writers215

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