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L'Epopée : étude de la forme littéraire d'Homère à Hugo

Abstract : This research paper looks as the building of the epic genre from the Antiquity to the nineteenth century. It's based on a corpus of a dozen works drawn from various countries and centuries (Greek, roman, medieval, Italian Renaissance, eighteenth and nineteenth century France. It aims to take a fresh look at the so-called « epic style ». Although scholars have long considered epos to epitomize poetry and although much debate has been devoted to it, it has remained a fairly elusive form.The purpose of this paper is to lay down a definition of the epic genre to discover the feature rules, taking care not to produce too rigid a definition that would not do justice to the changes that took place between Homer and Hugo. I have therefore examined the works that did not strictly watch the criteria and I put epic into context, branching out to philosophy and archeology, while studying the links between the spoken written and the written versions and Greek ceramic vases. This new approach enables me to challenge intertextuality, to tackle the way poets weave their texts, echoing other people's works and borrowing from them. Reading those works makes me realize that the epic genre puts forward its own three dimensional Weltanschauung; it rests upon the notion of grandeur which allows it to combine harmony and exhaustivity. The character is the chief medium of observation and it seeks to an effect, pathos.
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Pascale Mougeolle. L'Epopée : étude de la forme littéraire d'Homère à Hugo. Littératures. Université de Lorraine, 2013. Français. ⟨NNT : 2013LORR0207⟩. ⟨tel-01750292⟩



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