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

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Bernard Schweizer
Ashgate, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 228 pages
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This provocative collection of essays challenges the stereotype that epic is the exclusive domain of male writers. Through a rethinking of generic boundaries and an adjustment of the critical focus, the contributors show that women writers from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries adapted the masculine epic tradition to suit their own aesthetic needs and to lend a heroic voice to their literary, social, and historical concerns.

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Contents

Lady Mary Wroths Urania and Literary Traditions
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Female Heroic Action in Frances Burneys Camilla
37
Virginia Woolf and the Modern Epic
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BERNARD SCHWEIZER is Assistant Professor of English Literature at Long Island University.

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