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The Alchemist in LiteratureFrom Dante to the Present

The Alchemist in Literature: From Dante to the Present

Theodore Ziolkowski

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198746836
eISBN:
9780191809187
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746836.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This book traces the figure of the alchemist in Western literature from its first appearance in Dante down to the present. From the beginning alchemy has had two aspects: exoteric or operative (the ... More

Antigones

Antigones

George Steiner

Published in print:
1986
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780192819345
eISBN:
9780191670503
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192819345.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This book examines the far-reaching legacy of one of the great myths of classical antiquity. According to Greek legend, Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, secretly buried her brother in defiance of the ... More

The AntiquaryJohn Aubrey's Historical Scholarship

The Antiquary: John Aubrey's Historical Scholarship

Kelsey Jackson Williams

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198784296
eISBN:
9780191827808
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784296.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Mythology and Folklore

John Aubrey (1626–1697), antiquary, natural philosopher, and virtuoso, is best remembered today for his Brief Lives, biographies of his contemporaries filled with luminous detail which have been ... More

Fiery ShapesCelestial Portents and Astrology in Ireland and Wales 700–1700

Fiery Shapes: Celestial Portents and Astrology in Ireland and Wales 700–1700

Mark Williams

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199571840
eISBN:
9780191594434
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571840.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Mythology and Folklore

The presentation of the magical and mantic in Celtic literature has persistently been dogged by misunderstanding and over-romanticised readings. Among the misconceptions about the ancient and ... More

The Genesis of a Saga NarrativeVerse and Prose in Kormaks Saga

The Genesis of a Saga Narrative: Verse and Prose in Kormaks Saga

Heather O'Donoghue

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117834
eISBN:
9780191671074
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117834.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Mythology and Folklore

The origins of many of the Icelandic sagas have long been the subject of critical speculation and controversy. This book demonstrates that an investigation into the relationship between verse and ... More

The Last of the RaceThe Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin

The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin

Fiona J. Stafford

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112228
eISBN:
9780191670718
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112228.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This book describes and analyses the enduring interest in the last of the race through investigation into different treatments by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writers. The analysis is ... More

The Origins of BeowulfFrom Vergil to Wiglaf

The Origins of Beowulf: From Vergil to Wiglaf

Richard North

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199206612
eISBN:
9780191709807
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206612.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This book suggests that the Old English poem Beowulf was composed between the reigns of Kings Beornwulf (823-6) and Wiglaf (827-9 and 830-39) of Mercia, in the winter of 826-7, in the monastery of ... More

Treasure NeverlandReal and Imaginary Pirates

Treasure Neverland: Real and Imaginary Pirates

Neil Rennie

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199679331
eISBN:
9780191767272
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679331.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Mythology and Folklore

The book is about factual and fictional pirates and is therefore a deliberate combination of history and literary history. Swashbuckling eighteenth-century pirates were the ideal pirates of all time ... More

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