Brief History of English Literatureby John Peck, Martin Coyle
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… See more details below
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!
'A Brief History is notable for its lucidity and intelligence, and the new material displays those same virtues.' - Stephen Arata, University of Virginia, USA
'An essential resource for teachers and students of literature alike.' - Cinta Zunino Garrido, Universidad de Jaen, Spain
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION
'This text focuses on writers who are English, rather than who write in English, and deliberately concentrates on those most likely to be studied within the English education system. Its aim is to explore texts' interaction with their historical context; accordingly, it gives historical details as well as summaries and interpretations of literary texts. The style is concise, with concerns being introduced in a few paragraphs or even sentences...I found this an interesting and useful read. It introduces complex ideas in a style that will be easily understood by English teachers and will be accessible to some students at Advanced level and many in Higher Education. I recommend it for English departments and school/college libraries.' - Helen Barker, National Association for the Teaching of English
'A well-structured, uncluttered and balanced account of English literary history.' - J.P. Van der Motten, Gent Universiteit, Belgium
'Chatty and engaging...will do its best work at sixth-form and first-year undergraduate level.' - The Times Higher Education Supplement
'A fluently written and very accessible history of English literature.' - Linden Peach, Loughborough University, UK
'Pacy, readable and engaging.' - Rick Rylance, Anglia Polytechnic University, UK
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Meet the Author
John Peck is now retired and was formerly Reader in Victorian Literature at Cardiff University, UK.
Martin Coyle is Professor of English Literature at Cardiff University, UK.
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