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Epic Arts in Renaissance France

Phillip John Usher


This book examines the relationship between epic literature and the sister arts in the French Renaissance. An initial paradox—the seeming ubiquity of epic heroes, themes, and motifs in the sister arts, compared to the poor reputation of literary epics written at the same time—gives way to a methodology that seeks out the concrete connections between the two domains. It is argued throughout that artists and translators, writers, patrons, and readers all belonged to overlapping interpretive communities and that a reappraisal of the much-maligned genre appears once we seek to understand how epic ... More

Keywords: appropriation, architecture, art, epic, France, interpretive communities, painting, Renaissance, sculpture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199687848
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687848.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillip John Usher, author
Assistant Professor, Barnard College, Columbia University