Modernism, Midwestern Literature, Sherwood Anderson, Short Story Cycle


American Literature | Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity

Document Type

Critical Essay (Special Topic)




I am pleased to submit an original research article entitled “Epic on an American Scale: Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio” for consideration for publication in Beyond the Margins. In this article I examine the link between ancient Greek epic and American Midwestern Agrarianism. Specifically, I examine how Greek and Roman epic influenced Modernism as evidenced in one of the earliest Modernist works, Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio. I find that Anderson employs many epic elements to convey the link between the two empires and emphasize the epic nature of the collapse of American Agrarianism.

I believe my article would be a great contribution to your journal because I focus on Anderson expatriate status and the influence his European travels and study bore upon his work, specifically his most famous work, Winesburg, Ohio.