Brief History of English Literature / Edition 2

Brief History of English Literature / Edition 2

by John Peck
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1137352663

ISBN-13: 2901137352667

Pub. Date: 11/13/2013

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

John Peck and Martin Coyle's new book is a different kind of history, providing a dynamic analysis of the story of English literature. Focusing on how poems, novels, plays and other forms of writing both reflect and challenge the periods in which they were produced, it combines close readings of selected key texts with recent critical thinking on the interaction of

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John Peck and Martin Coyle's new book is a different kind of history, providing a dynamic analysis of the story of English literature. Focusing on how poems, novels, plays and other forms of writing both reflect and challenge the periods in which they were produced, it combines close readings of selected key texts with recent critical thinking on the interaction of literary works and culture. A Brief History of English Literature is a must-have guide which offers a lively and concise historical overview of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day -- a true masterpiece of clarity and compression!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901137352667
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/13/2013
Edition description:
Second Edition,Revised Edition,2nd edition
Pages:
392

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgementsxiii
1Old English Literature1
Beowulf1
The Seafarer' and 'The Wanderer'7
Battle Poems and 'The Dream of the Rood'10
Old English Language12
2Middle English Literature14
From the Norman Conquest to Chaucer14
Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight17
Geoffrey Chaucer, William Dunbar, Robert Henryson22
William Langland, Medieval Drama, Thomas Malory28
3Sixteenth-Century Poetry and Prose34
Sir Thomas Wyatt34
Sixteenth-Century Prose and the Reformation37
The Sonnet: Sir Philip Sidney and William Shakespeare42
Edmund Spenser48
4Shakespeare53
Shakespeare in Context53
Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories55
Shakespeare's Tragedies62
Shakespeare's Late Plays68
5Renaissance and Restoration Drama73
Renaissance Drama and Christopher Marlowe73
Elizabethan and Jacobean Revenge Tragedy79
Ben Jonson and the Masque83
Restoration Drama87
6Seventeenth-Century Poetry and Prose91
John Donne91
From Ben Jonson to John Bunyan and Andrew Marvell96
John Milton106
John Dryden111
7The Eighteenth Century114
Alexander Pope114
The Augustan Age121
Edward Gibbon, Samuel Johnson126
Sensibility129
8The Novel: The First Hundred Years133
Daniel Defoe133
Aphra Behn, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, Tobias Smollett137
From Eliza Haywood to Mary Shelley143
Walter Scott and Jane Austen147
9The Romantic Period151
The Age of Revolution151
William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge154
Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats161
Radical Voices165
10Victorian Literature, 1837-1857169
Charles Dickens169
Charlotte and Emily Bronte173
William Makepeace Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell179
Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning183
11Victorian Literature, 1857-1876188
Victorian Thinkers188
George Eliot191
Wilkie Collins and the Sensation Novel197
Anthony Trollope, Christina Rossetti201
12Victorian Literature, 1876-1901206
Thomas Hardy206
George Gissing, George Moore, Samuel Butler, Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson212
Rudyard Kipling217
George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Late Victorian Poetry219
13The Twentieth Century: The Early Years224
Joseph Conrad224
Arnold Bennett, H. G. Wells, E. M. Forster, Katherine Mansfield230
D. H. Lawrence234
Georgian Poetry, War Poetry, W. B. Yeats238
14The Twentieth Century: Between the Wars246
T. S. Eliot246
James Joyce251
Virginia Woolf257
The 1930s261
15The Twentieth Century: The Second World War to the End of the Millennium267
Wartime and Post-War Britain267
Drama271
Novels277
Poetry282
16Postscript287
The Twenty-First Century287
Periods of English Literature and Language293
Chronology295
Further reading333
Index335

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