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The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Fiction by Catherine Morley

The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Fiction

Part of the Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature Series


The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Fiction by Catherine Morley

This volume explores the confluences between two types of literature in contemporary America: the novel and the epic. It analyses the tradition of the epic as it has evolved from antiquity, through Joyce to its American manifestations and describes how this tradition has impacted upon contemporary American writing.


This intellectually sophisticated book considers three major novelists, each of whom has produced a large body of significant work that has received extensive critical attention...Recommended. -- Choice, June 2009 'innovative and elegantly argued.' - Rezension

About the Author

Catherine Morley is the Academic Fellow in the Cultures of Modernism at Oxford Brookes University. She has recently published a co-edited collection of essays, American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century, and is currently working on Modern American Fiction. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Comparative American Studies, English, and the Journal of American Studies.

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Publication date

1st September 2008


Catherine Morley

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


226 pages


Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers



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