Sounding the Classics: From Sophocles to Thomas Mann


This book is a comparative study of twelve works of fiction broadly representative of the Western canon. Its aim is to discover what gives these 12 works their lasting appeal and vitality over and beyond their formal qualities. It focuses on the interplay of "text" and "subtext" within each work after defining these terms at the outset. It then compares its twelve sample classics systematically in a conclusion that argues from the works themselves to classics in general.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1997


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