The book leaves the reader informed about each writer's main output, sensitive to the special character of his gifts and aware of the writer's place in the story of English literature as a whole. A lucid and readable guide, it is invaluable both to the student of English literature and to the general reader.
In one volume. This collection, published in six individual volumes or in this two-volume edition, presents the finest English literature from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, with introductory matter and extensive annotation by six of the foremost critics and scholars writing today.
An introductory chapter on the anatomy of a novel deals with construction, characters, plots and convention, and is followed by seven main extracts from novels which include Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", Lawrence's "Women in Love", Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and Walker's "The Colour Purple".
Zbiór esejów o prozie i poezji amerykańskiej i brytyjskiej, obejmujący głównie XX wiek. Omówienia poezji dotyczą kilku wielkich twórców poczynając od Emily Dickinson, choć żyjącej z końcem XIX w., ale przynależnej nowatorską poetyką do następnego stulecia. Wiele miejsca poświęcił autor T. S. Eliotowi, nadto prezentowani są m.in. Robert Frost, D. H. Lawrence, W. H. Auden. Jedynym poetą sięgającym romantyzmu angielskiego jest w książce Shelley i jego Prometeusz wyzwoIony, dzieło o wielkiej sile oddziaływania także na polskich poetów romantycznych i późniejszych. Druga część książki poświęcona jest szkicom o prozie i jej wybitnych twórcach angielskiego obszaru językowego. Znaleźli się tu pisarze tacy jak: Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Henry Miller, William Faulkner, William Styron i John Barth.
Intended for students who are ready to approach literature in English, this text deals with the literary and language aspects of modern plays. It includes seven extracts of modern plays, contrastive extracts and an introductory chapter on the anatomy of a play, which deals with characters, plots, stage design, acting and rehearsals. The text contains a variety of language-based exercises in areas of grammar, vocabulary and writing styles, as well as exercises involving personal responses. An answer key to the exercises means the book can be used for self-study. The seven main play extracts are from: Shaw's "Pygmalion", O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night", Miller's "The Crucible", O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars", Williams's "A Streetcar named Desire", Fugard's "Siswe Bansi is Dead" and Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment". Contrastive extracts are taken from Wesker, Leonard, Friel, Russel and Mamet.
"English Literature..." offers a new and comprehensive collection of the most important English literary texts from Beowulf to essays of Virginia Woolf and beyond. The two-volume selection was based on reading lists and curricula of Polish departments of English studies. The original idea was to offer a selection of texts as close as possible to actual expectations of teachers and students. The selection should be an appropriate basis for a variety of courses. In order to make it more flexible we decided to introduce several complete longer texts such as Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight or The Rape of the Lock, leaving the choice of excerpts for critical analysis to the users according to the specific needs of their classes and students. The texts have been supplemented with extensive critical footnotes and explanations of the more rare and obscure vocabulary, there are also biographical notes introducing their authors.
A comprehensive introduction to postcolonialism, this Companion examines different aspects of postcolonial thought and culture that have had a significant effect on contemporary critical thought. Topics discussed by experts in the field include postcolonialism's relation to modernity, and its significance and relevance to literature, film, law, philosophy, and modern cultural studies. Additional material includes a guide to further reading and a chronology.