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Larry Allums, editor Louise Cowan, general editor The community of scholar-critics that brought out The Terrain of Comedy has produced the second volume in its studies of the four genres, with Larry Allums as editor. Louise Cowan postulates a culture-generating cosmos as the identifying mark of epic. The essays illustrate the applicability of her theory of genres to major ...more
Published February 3rd 2014 by Dallas Institute Publications
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Looking at epics ancient and modern, each of the 12 essays in this collection offers deeply considered insights into the significance of epic as a literary form.

Nowadays the word "epic" is used loosely to denote various works that are large, sprawling, contain heroic adventure, or have large casts of characters. Robert McKee, in his screenwriting text Story, defines a "modern epic" as a story that features the conflict of "the individual against the state". But epic is much more than this.

I will use this book of critical essays throughout my career. I love them!
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Executive director (1997+) of The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture (established in 1980). Dr. Allums began his tenure with the Institute in 1997, assuming the title of Interim Director after nineteen years as Professor of English, Chairman of the English Department, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Mobile. In 1998 he became Executive Director. He has publ ...more
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