• Monsters, Gods, and Heroes

  • Approaching the Epic in Literature
  • By: Timothy Shutt
  • Narrated by: Timothy Shutt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Lecture
  • Release date: 27-10-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.9 (7 ratings)


From the very outset in the West - from the time of Homer himself in about 750 BCE - the epic has been the most highly regarded of literary genres. It is rivaled only by tragedy, which arose a bit more than two centuries later, as the most respected, the most influential, and, from a slightly different vantage point, the most prestigious mode of addressing the human condition in literary terms. The major epics are the big boys, the works that, from the very outset, everyone had heard of and everyone knew, at least by reputation. They are the works that had the most profound and most enduring cultural influence. And they are very much with us still, some more than others, but all - or all the most successful ones - are more or less firmly enshrined in cultural memory. They are still read. They are still taught. They still gain imitators and admirers. The stories they tell still shape our imagination and aspirations.
©2004 Timothy Shutt; (P)2004 Recorded Books
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By amar on 15-06-12

Insightful even if you've read the books

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