The History of English Literature is very diverse and includes the works of all writers who have written in English irrespective of their geographical background. The book gives readers a comprehensive introduction to English Literature. Beginning with the Anglo-Saxon era, the book covers the evolution of the English language upto the present day. In a chronological manner, the book covers all the major ages of English literature.
In ten chapters the book covers the development and progress of English literature. It covers the Renaissance and Reformation literature of 1510-1620 AD, Medieval literature of 1066-1510 AD, Old English literature, Revolution, Restoration, Late Victorian and Edwardian literature, Eighteenth-century literature, Modernism and its Alternatives, and High Victorian literature.
The author gives us details of all the important writers and their contributions to the English language. It also provides an analysis of the impact that British literature has had on the social, political, and intellectual development of countries. There are distinct chapters that trace the development in English language from Beowulf to the post-modern works of Angela Carter and Seamus Heaney. The book also discusses the poetry of the Irish and British. It also includes a new chapter on the prose of the late 20th century.
Short Oxford History of English Literature offers in depth coverage of Old and Middle English literature. The Renaissance age, the sonnets and plays of Shakespeare, the fiction of the 17th and 18th centuries, the significant works of the Romantic Era, and the Victorian period are covered in detail. Modernism and post-war fiction are also covered. Discussions on important writers and their works along with an analysis of the impact they had on literature is included. The Scottish, Welsh, and Irish writers are also discussed.
This updated edition focuses on many contemporary writers such as Patrick O'Brien, Matthew Kneale, Malcolm Lowry, and Colm Toibin. The works of female writers like Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and Marjory Kempe are also discussed. The book is inclusive of an updated bibliography. The book also focuses on the fragmentary nature of British fiction in the post-imperial period. It was published in the year 2004.
Publisher : Oxford University Press
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