The David Myth in Western Literature

Raymond-Jean Frontain, Jan Wojcik
Purdue University Press, 1980 - 212 páginas
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This collection of eleven original essays each by a different scholar outlines the rich body of imaginative and devotional literature which has the biblical poet-warrior-king as its subject or primary focus, showing David to have as strong an imaginative appeal for Western writers as such better-known mythic heroes as Orpheus, Oedipus, Samson, and Ulysses. The introduction to the volume surveys the development of the David myth particularly in British and American literature. The essays represent a variety of critical approaches to the myth as literature, treating in detail such works as Shakespeare's Hamlet, Cowley's Davideis, Christopher Smart's A Song to David, and Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! and examining the complex uses made of David in the Midrash, Talmud, and Patristic writings; medieval sermons and Reformation devotional treatises; and American Puritan sermons.


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This collection of essays regarding the myth of the Biblical David and it's influence throughout the Western literary canon. The David myth is complex as David is complex--he is both a model of ... Ler crítica na íntegra


Discriminations against Davids Tragedy
Frail Grass and Firm Tree
Two Views of the Evangelical David
Cowleys Davideis and the
David the Military Exemplum
Blest Light
Faulkners Absalom Absalom
The Words of Their Roaring
Saul and David in the Early Poetry
Contributors 209
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Jan Wojcik, associate professor of English and comparative literature at Purdue, studied at Boston College and received his doctorate from Yale. He is author of Muted Consent: A Casebook in Modern Medical Ethics, Road to Emmaus: Reading Luke's Gospel, Arguments of Agriculture: A Casebook in Contemporary Agricultural Controversy, and David Myth in Western Literature.

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