Approaches to the Anglo and American Female Epic, 1621-1982

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Bernard Schweizer
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Literary Criticism - 228 pages
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Epic has long been regarded as the exclusive domain of the male literary genius and as an incarnation of patriarchal values. This text challenges such a hegemonic stereotype by demonstrating the ways in which women writers have successfully adapted the masculine epic tradition to suit their own needs.
  

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Contents

British Womens Prose Epics
14
Female Heroic Action in Frances Burneys Camilla
37
Virginia Woolf and the Modern Epic
55
Epic Form and ReVision in Rebecca Wests
69
Anna Seward and the Epic
85
The Female Epic and the Journey Toward SelfDefinition in
99
Aurora Leigh as a Female
117
Sharon Doubiago Hard Country
181
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BERNARD SCHWEIZER is Assistant Professor of English Literature at Long Island University.

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