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Rewriting the Hero and the Quest

Myth and Monomyth in "Captain Corelli’s Mandolin" by Louis de Bernières

Tatiana Golban

Although Louis de Bernières is a famous and important contemporary novelist, and his work Captain Corelli’s Mandolin has been translated and sold all over the world as a best-seller, there are few academic studies that focus methodologically and theoretically on it. The book attempts to partially overcome this handicap by focusing on various thematic and structural aspects which have been practically ignored so far by this line of criticism. It targets experts and students in literary studies whose concerns are ancient myths and their contemporary revival and reimagining, and who are familiar with goals and methods of myth criticism and archetypal critical discourse, and especially with their current postmodern and postmodernist perspectives.
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Acknowledgements

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I owe my first acknowledgement to my students at Namik Kemal University in Turkey, whose comments and pertinent remarks helped shape many of my ideas. Above all, I am grateful to my former doctoral supervisor Professor Sergiu Pavlicencu who greatly enlarged my understanding of ancient and modern literary interaction and provided for me a model of approach to myths and archetypes. I am also thankful to my husband, Petru Golban, whose encouragement and well-aimed critical remarks were most helpful. My gratitude is also for my daughters Beatrice and Patricia for their understanding and support during the writing of this book. Finally, I am indebted to my colleagues Hasan Boynukara, Cansu Ozge Ozmen, and Irfan Atalay for their intellectual assistance, scholarly advice, critical comment, and competent suggestions that assisted me in the process of preparation of this book.

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