TITLE

ISMAIL KADARE'S THE FILE ON H. AND THE COMEDY OF EPIC

AUTHOR(S)
WEITZMAN, ERICA
PUB. DATE
July 2016
SOURCE
Modern Language Review;Jul2016, Vol. 111 Issue 3, p818
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Thiis article analyses the relationship between epic, irony, and comedy in Ismail Kadare's 1981 novel Dosja H. (The File on H.), loosely based on the real-life attempts to discover the origins of Homeric epic. Using the theories of Lukács and Bakhtin, the article argues that Kadare's novel is not merely a droll satire of intrigue and small-town mores in 1930s Albania, but, far more, an enquiry into the function of literature in the age of philology and a dramatization of the birth of the novel out of the death of the epic and the world to which it belongs.
ACCESSION #
116658038

 

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