The Growth of Literature

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 31, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 806 pages
First published between 1932 and 1940, this is a three-volume study of the historical development of literature. It explores the oral and written literatures of regions from Iceland and the British Isles, to Russia, the Balkans, Africa, India and the Pacific, placing them in their historical context and examining similarities between them. The authors discuss both ancient and recent texts, illustrating the connections within each group and considering the question of whether all literary growth is influenced by common factors. Praised on publication as '... a work that is not, probably could not be, superseded' (International Journal of Comparative Sociology), the book remains a benchmark for those studying comparative literature or the history of literary criticism. Volume 2 focuses particularly on Russia and the Balkans, and also surveys both early Indian and early Hebrew literature.
 

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Contents

HEROIC POETRY THE BYLINY
27
THE HEROIC MILIEU INDIVIDUALISM IN THE HEROIC
77
HISTORICAL AND UNHISTORICAL ELEMENTS IN
101
POSTHEROIC ANTIQUARIAN GNOMIC AND DESCRIP
207
AND SAGA THE SKAZITELI
238
THE RECITATION AND COMPOSITION OF RELIGIOUS
270
THE POPULAR POET AND STORYTELLER
284
introduction literature and writing page
299
THE REMAINING CATEGORIES i ANTIQUARIAN
407
introduction literature and writing
459
HEROIC POETRY
465
POETRY
511
POETRY AND SAGA RELATING TO DEITIES 519
529
INDIVIDUALS
562
INTRODUCTION LITERATURE AND WRITING page
629
THE HEROIC AGE HEROIC SAGA AND POETRY
645

HEROIC POETRY
309
POETRY RELATING TO SUPERNATURAL BEINGS
390
POETRY RELATING TO UNSPECIFIED INDIVIDUALS
398
SAGAS
677
the texts recitation and composition
746
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