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Egeland, Marianne
Heralds of Fame: Writers' Function in the Construction of Glory and Renown

2012, e-publikation
ISBN 978-87-635-3974-6
s. 169-197 i:
Ideas in History Vol. 5

40 DKK  6 $   5 €




A yearning for immortality through fame is perhaps integral to human nature. But the ways this yearning is expressed and the importance vested in it differ according to changing metaphysical beliefs. What a hero must accomplish to gain the glory he seeks varies with time and place, as do also the means to praise him and the genres considered appropriate for the task. The media for securing and transmitting glory reflect the development of technology. Literature used as a vehicle for fame is the issue addressed in this study. History, biography, poetry, epic and laudatory texts have contributed extensively to conserving the memory of heroes and other praiseworthy members of the community. Writers of many kinds have likewise sought fame for themselves. 'Heralds of Fame' traces writers' attitude to fame from Graeco-Roman Antiquity onwards and their role in the construction of fame and glory. Fame and glory are not total synonyms, and fame in particular is not exclusively positive. Fame may be pursued by many means, for its own sake, and result from destructive actions. Regardless of moral misgivings attached to the quest for fame, it constitutes a major force behind authors' creative ambitions in classical as well as modern times.

 
Emneområde | Litteraturvidenskab |
Emneord | Litteraturhistorie |
Specifikt emneord | Berømmelse |
Sprog | Engelsk |









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