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The Resource Custer and the epic of defeat, [by] Bruce A. Rosenberg

Custer and the epic of defeat, [by] Bruce A. Rosenberg

Label
Custer and the epic of defeat
Title
Custer and the epic of defeat
Statement of responsibility
[by] Bruce A. Rosenberg
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This exploration of the making of a legend compares the actual events surrounding Custer's defeat with the imaginative account of the "Last Stand" as it developed in American folklore. The battle of the Little Big Horn is then compared with other great "epics of defeat" in terms of both the similarities of the narratives and the known facts about them. The other epic stories include the Biblical account of Saul and his losing struggle against the Philistines, Leonidas's defense of the pass at Thermopylae, the death of Roland in the Chanson de Roland, the Morte Arthure, and similar stories of great "losers" from Scandinavia, Serbia, England, and the Alamo. The interaction between literary and oral folk versions is explicated both for Custer and for his counterparts in other cultures. Custer's defeat was celebrated by writers of various stripes including dime novelist Frederick Whittaker, poets Longfellow and Whitman, and by painters of all shades of talent. The other epics have also been treated in both high culture and popular culture forms. Certain aspects of the folk variants of the legend of the defeated hero are shown to exist in legends and anecdotes about such other charismatic figures as Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy. Finally, the book reinterprets several epics in the light of these new findings. And it goes on to argue that the legend-making process is one of the fundamental processes of the human imagination--the dramatization of all reality. Custer is thus seen as one with many national heroes whose popularity persists despite all the known facts which seem to deflate them
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rosenberg, Bruce A
Dewey number
  • 973.8/1/0924
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E83.876.C983
LC item number
R67
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Custer, George A.
  • Heroes
  • Legends
Label
Custer and the epic of defeat, [by] Bruce A. Rosenberg
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223017871626
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Custer of our dreams -- The last stand : a critical approximation -- The legend -- So fell Custer, the brave Cavalier -- Custer's apotheosis -- Instant heroic epics -- The martyred heroes -- The making of a legend -- Laws of contrast
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
313 p.
Isbn
9780271011721
Lccn
74014631
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illus.
System control number
  • 995166
  • 00000000441409
Label
Custer and the epic of defeat, [by] Bruce A. Rosenberg
Publication
Bar code
31223017871626
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Custer of our dreams -- The last stand : a critical approximation -- The legend -- So fell Custer, the brave Cavalier -- Custer's apotheosis -- Instant heroic epics -- The martyred heroes -- The making of a legend -- Laws of contrast
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
313 p.
Isbn
9780271011721
Lccn
74014631
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illus.
System control number
  • 995166
  • 00000000441409

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