Bowra, C. M. Heroic Poetry. London: Macmillan, 1952.
Broich, Ulrich. The Eighteenth-Century Mock-Heroic Poem, translated from the 1968 German original by David Henry Wilson. Cambridge, England: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1990. In The Barbarian Within: And Other Fugitive Essays and Studies (New York: Macmillan, 1962: 188-89, 218), Walter J. Ong discusses the mock epic as a manifestation of the humanist shift toward writing, which meant the waning of the old oral agonistic tendencies linked to the Latin language.
Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces, 3rd ed. Novato, California: New World Library, 2008. Very accessible.
Deme, Mariam Konate. Heroism and the Supernatural in the African Epic. New York and London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2010, forthcoming.
Farrell, Thomas J. "Faulkner and Male Agonism." In Dennis L. Weeks and Jane Hoogestraat, eds., Time, Memory, and the Verbal Arts: Essays on the Thought of Walter Ong. Cranbury, NJ, and London, UK: Associated University Presses, 1998. 203-21. Explores an important theme in Faulkner's life and novels.