From Many Gods to One: Divine Action in Renaissance Epic (Hardback)Tobias Gregory (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 432 g
Dimensions: 221 x 150 x 21 mm
"[A] bright and delightfully readable study of divinity and divine action in epic poetry."--Diane Louise Johnson "Christianity and Literature "
"The book''s primary contribution is in offering a broad survey of the crucial question of the relationship between Christian conceptions of divinity and the classical models within which Renaissance poets attempted to represent those conceptions. . . . It is a pleasure to read a book written with such clarity."--Matthew Treherne "MLR "
"This lively book is a stuimulating and much-needed study of the difficulties Renaissance epic poets faced, and of some of the solutions they found, when they had to replace the Olympian deities of classical herioc poetry with a Christian God. . . . Gregory has reanimated the comparative study of the epic tradition, and reaffirmed its value."--Daniel Javitch "Renaissance Quarterly "
"Gregory's hermeneutical explanations are . . . skilfully rendered, granting the reader a fresh glimpse into a known past. "From Many Gods to One" thus manages . . . to weave one cohesive and compelling tale: that of the demise of the epic."--Bendi Benson Schrambach "Comitatus "
"An important, well researched contribution both to epic and Milton studies. . . . [Gregory's] study aims at a broad range of readers by combining a detailed and accurate summary of Renaissance epic from its Virgilian sources to its Renaissance heirs."--Catherine Gimelli Martin "Studies in English Literature "
"The book's primary contribution is in offering a broad survey of the crucial question of the relationship between Christian conceptions of divinity and the classical models within which Renaissance poets attempted to represent those conceptions. . . . It is a pleasure to read a book written with such clarity."--Matthew Treherne "MLR "
"In this book Gregory examines the Renaissance reinvention of the divine action of classical epic. In five chapters covering Homer to Milton, he explains how Renaissance poets confronted the problem of adapting the narrative structure of classical polytheistic epic to Christian monotheistic norms. Gregory's comparative approach will give readers an excellent sense of the distinctiveness of, and continuities between, classical and post-classical epic traditions. The book will be of particular interest to classicists working on the European epic tradition, reception studies, and neo-Latin literature, but it also makes an excellent general introduction to Renaissance epic. The clarity and fluency of Gregory's prose, and the light but judicious annotation, will add to the book's wide appeal, as will its economy the book comes in at just over two hundred pages and at a very reasonable price to boot." Pramit Chaudhuri, "Bryn Mawr Classical Review"--Pramit Chaudhuri"Bryn Mawr Classical Review" (06/10/2007)"
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