By Ritchie Robertson
includes famous texts (Pope's Dunciad, Byron's Don Juan, Heine's Atta Troll) and others that are little identified (Ratschky's Melchior Striregel, Parny's l. a. Guerre des Dieux). It owes a marked debt to Italian romance epic (especially Ariosto). The learn locations those texts within the literary context of the
decline of significant epic, which helped mock epic to flourish, and of the 'Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes' which wondered the authority of Homer's and Virgil's epics; and it relates their substance to modern debates approximately questions of faith and gender.
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