Drabble's revision not only bring the volume up to date; it both deepens and widens its appeal. Topics once regarded as non-literary--detective stories, science fiction, children's literature, comic strips, for example--are now included, as are numerous foreign language authers who have become well-known in translation. There are also entries on composers who have adapted English texts to musical forms and articles on visual artists whose work has been touched by the English literary consciousness. The book covers all the important movements and critical theories (including the latest developments in Freudian and Marxist criticism and Saussurean linguistics and its successors). What is more, the entries on classic works--Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, The Faerie Queen, and many others--now incorporate the findings of the latest scholarship. In still another innovation, the entries now offer the reader a guide to turther study and research by referring to the relevant biographies, memoirs, critical studies, and standard scholarly editions of many of the important works. Also, the book's appendices on censorship, copyright, and the calendar have been updated, and an exhaustive cross-referencing system in the manner of the more recent Companiions has been adopted.
Professor David Daiches' Critical History gives the reader a fascinating insight into over twelve centuries of great writing. With enormous intelligence and enthusiasm, he guides the reader through this vastly complex and rich tradition, finely balancing historical background with highly informed criticism. Daiches' groundbreaking work is essential reading for all lovers of literature.
This fifth volume covers the period from William Blake to Lord Byron. It begins with an account of the social and itellectual context of English literature during this, the Romantic, period, followed by a survey of the literature itself. The rest of the book is made up of a series of essays dealing in detail with Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Crabbe, KJeats, Shelley, Byron, Burns, \jane Austen, Scott, and the Essayistsw. Finally the volume contains an Appendix of biographies and bibliographies.
A superb reference for readers of English literature, this abridgement of Harvey's "Oxford Companion to English Literature" is now in its second edition, with revisions based on the fourth edition of the Companion. All of Harvey's principal entries on authors, works and mythological and historical subjects are included in abbreviated form--as well as brief reference notes and articles on general literary topics and terms such as Anglo-Saxon Literature, Blank Verse, and Romantic Revival.
An immensely lucid, systematic book detailing the history of English literature right from Old English to Modern English - provides necessary background historical and cultural context to understand the trends of a particular era in terms of its literary output - as also discussing in brief but with immense clarity major authors and works of respective eras and a brief mention of minor authors and works.
It's a good chronology of some of the most well known English writers. Don't forget that not all of the people mentioned in this book are important writers, and some very important ones have been - suspiciously - omitted altogether, as if the author had some kind of a personal problem with them! Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and other major writers have not even been mentioned, whereas some very obscure ones have been discussed in detail. Read it as a complementary source. But whatever this book is, it's not a comprehensive record, and not one to be trusted.
Basic overview of the history of English literature and language, followed by thumbnail sketches of lasting English novels that have never been out of print. Burgess was never without something insightful and interesting to say, whether in interviews or in this basic introduction to the subject. However, reviews and commentary are limited to specifically English novels and novelists, that is, the novelists of Great Britain, e.g. Lawrence, Austen, Woolf, Waugh, Carey, Maugham, etc. Nothing on American-English authors such as Twain, Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, etc.
"The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing" is a broad, specially commissioned introduction to travel writing in English between 1500 and the present. Five essays survey the period's travel writing; six more focus on areas of particular interest--Arabia, the Amazon, Ireland, Calcutta, the Congo and California, while the final three analyze some of the theoretical and cultural dimensions of this enigmatic, influential genre of writing. An extensive further reading list plus a detailed chronology are included.
Includes bibliographical references (pages -731) and index.
The Short Oxford History of English Literature offers an introductory guide to the literature of the British Isles from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day covering all the major periods of English literature chronologically. This third edition has been revised and updated incorporating a greater number of female and contemporary authors.
This history of English literature is amazing in its scope: it will take you from Beowulf to Heany in just 197 pages! It seems to be written for speakers of English as a second language, since the back cover says the vocabulary used is restricted to just 2,000 words. But it is clear and really covers the bases in English literature, so it is appropriate for high school students, or for anyone wanting to know about the most important periods, movements, writers, and works of English literature in one short and easy-to-read volume.
This fascinating account of the relationship between photography and literary realism in Victorian Britain draws on detailed readings of photographs, writings about photography, and fiction by Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Oscar Wilde. While other critics have argued that photography defined what would be 'real' for literary fiction, Daniel A. Novak demonstrates that photography itself was associated with the unreal - with fiction and the literary imagination. Once we acknowledge that manipulation was essential rather than incidental to the project of nineteenth-century realism, our understanding of the relationship between photography and fiction changes in important ways. Novak argues that while realism may seem to make claims to particularity and individuality, both in fiction and in photography, it relies much more on typicality than on perfect reproduction. Illustrated with many photographs, this book represents an important contribution to current debates on the nature of Victorian realism.
Herbert Sussman's book explores ideas of manhood and masculinity as they emerged in the early Victorian period, and traces these through diverse formations in the literature and art of the time. Concentrating on representative major figures - Thomas Carlyle, Robert Browning, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and Walter Pater - Sussman focuses on areas of conflict and contradiction within their formulation of the masculine. He identifies the development of a 'masculine poetics' as a project which was for the Victorians, and continues to be, crucial to an industrial and commercial age. The book reveals manhood as an unstable equilibrium, and is responsive to the complex ways in which the early Victorians' masculine poetics simultaneously subverts and maintains patriarchal power.
Britain possesses a literary heritage which is almost unrivalled in the Western world. In this illustrated volume the richness, diversity and continuity of that tradition from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day are explored by a group of Britain's foremost literary scholars. At the heart of the history is Shakespeare, but other major figures including Chaucer, Milton, Donne, Dickens and Eliot, as well as living authors such as Seamus Heaney and Edward Bond, are discussed in depth in this book.