Epic Bibliography

General Criticism

Ball, Lewis Franklin, Studies in the Structure of the Minor English Renaissance Epics (Baltimore, MA: unspecified, 1934) UA CN: PR539.E7 B3 1933 (Annex)

Bates, Catherine Cambridge Companion to the Epic (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2010) PN1303 .C36 2010

Demaray, John G., Cosmos and Epic Representation: Dante, Spenser, Milton, and the Transformation of Renaissance Heroic Poetry (Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 1991) PR539.E64 D4 1991

Hulse, S. Clark, “Elizabethan Minor Epic: Toward a Definition of Genre”, Studies in Philology 73 (1976) 302-319

Webber, Joan Milton and his Epic Tradition (Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1979) PR3562 .W34

Welch, Anthony The Renaissance Epic and the Oral Past (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012)

Wheatley, Chloe Epic Epitome and the Early Modern Historical Imagination (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011)


Borris, Kenneth Allegory and Epic in English Renaissance Literature: Heroic Form in Sidney, Spenser, and Milton ( New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2000) PR539.E7 B67 2000

Murrin, Michael The Allegorical Epic: Essays in its Rise and Decline (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1980) PN1329 .M8

Treip, Mindele Anne Allegorical Poets and the Epic: The Renaissance Tradition to Paradise Lost (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1994) PR3562 .T73 1994

Commonplaces: Classical and Biblical Predecessors and Motifs

Lord, George de Forest. Classical Presences in Seventeenth-Century English Poetry (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1987)

Martindale, Charles John Milton and the Transformation of Ancient Epic (London: Croom Helm, 1986) PR3562 .M29 1986x

Pavlock, Barbara, “Horace’s Influence on Renaissance Epic”, The Classical World 87 (1994) 427-441

Rosenberg, D.M., Oaten Reeds and Trumpets: Pastoral Epic in Virgil, Spenser, and Milton (London: Associated University Presses, 1980) PR408.P3 R67 1980 (Annex)

Webb, Stanford, “Vergil in Spenser’s Epic Theory”, ELH 1 (1937) 62-84


Feeney, D.C. “Epic Hero and Epic Fable”, Comparative Literature 38 (1986) 136-158

Steadman, John M. Milton and the Paradoxes of Renaissance Heroism (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State Press, 1987)

Steadman, John M. Milton and the Renaissance Hero (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967)

Narrative Voice

Delassanta, Rodney The Epic Voice (Paris: Mouton de Gruyter, 1967) PR509.E7 D4 (Annex)

Durling, Robert M. The Figure of the Poet in Renaissance Epic (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1965) PN1317 .D8

Hinton, Stan, “The Poet and his Narrator: Spenser’s Epic Voice”, ELH 41 (1974) 165-181

Nationalism and War

Pope, Nancy P. National History in the Heroic Poem: A Comparison of the Aeneid and the Faerie Queene (New York, NY: Garland Publishing, 1990) PA6825.P57 1990

Quint, David Epic and Empire: Politics and Generic form from Virgil to Milton (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1993) PN1303 .Q56 1993

Rawson, Claude “War and the Epic Mania in England and France: Milton, Boileau, Prior and English Mock-Heroic”, The Review of English Studies, New Series 64 (2013) 433-453

Tranter, Kirsten “Samuel Sheppard’s ‘Faerie King’ and the Fragmentation of Royalist Epic,” Studies in English Literature 49 (2009) 87-103

Welch, Anthony “Epic Romance, Royalist Retreat, and the English Civil War”, Modern Philology 105 (2008) 570-602

West, Michael “Spenser’s Art of War: Chivalric Allegory, Military Technology, and the Elizabethan Mock-Heroic Sensibility” Renaissance Quarterly 41 (1988) 654-704


Giamatti, A. Bartlett Earthly Paradise and the Renaissance Epic (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1966) PN56.G3 G48  (Annex)

Green, Thomas The Descent from Heaven: A Study in Epic Continuity (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1963) PN1303 .G7

Gregerson, Linda The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Epic (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1995) PR2358 .G74 1995

Tobias, Gregory From Many Gods to One: Divine Action in Renaissance Epic (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press)

West, Michael “Spenser and the Renaissance Ideal of Christian Heroism” Publications of the Modern Language of America 88 (1973) 1013-32