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Literature and Human Equality
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When Achilles dons his armor, gods and readers alike know the outcome, as does the hero himself. But when the commoner becomes the hero, when, as Dr. Johnson remarked in 1750, the heroes of modern fiction are "leveled with the rest of the world" now that's a different story. In this ambitious work, Stewart Justman ranges across Western literature from the Iliad and the Odyssey through Cervantes and Shakespeare to Dickens, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky to show how such a leveling not only changed the appearance of literature, but made possible new ways of constructing a tale.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. Chapter 1: The Odyssey: Inequality of Knowledge
  2. pp. 23-31
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  1. Chapter 2: Callirhoe: Equal Protagonists
  2. pp. 32-36
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  1. Chapter 3: Notes on Shakespearean Equality
  2. pp. 37-47
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  1. Chapter 4: Great Expectations: “Absolute Equality”
  2. pp. 48-69
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  1. Chapter 5: War and Peace: The Presence of the Unknown
  2. pp. 70-90
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  1. Chapter 6: “The Death of Ivan Ilych”: Text vs. Author
  2. pp. 91-108
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  1. Chapter 7: Quixotism in The Brothers Karamazov
  2. pp. 109-132
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  1. Chapter 8: Reflections: Literature and Human Equality
  2. pp. 133-146
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 147-162
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  1. Editions Cited
  2. pp. 163-164
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 165-167
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