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When a writer decides to write an epic, how does the tradition, the epics of Homer or Virgil, for example, guide and determine the structure, motifs, and themes of her new artistic creation? How do prior literary examples and immediate story intersect and overlap?

In this presentation, Melinda Weinstein will discuss the relationship between genre and creative license through the example of her novel-in-progress, The Nth Degree. The Nth Degree toggles between immediate tale, set in 1997-1998, and the detail os the pastoral tradition, invented by Theocritus and developed by Virgil and Spenser.

Melinda Weinstein - Author