The Short Oxford History of English Literature / Edition 3

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The Short Oxford History of English Literature provides a comprehensive and introductory guide to the literature of the British Isles from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present. Earlier editions have been widely welcomed as an authoritative and accessible introduction to the subject, tracing its development from Beowulf to the 'post modern' fictions of Seamus Heaney and Angela Carter.

This complete history of British literature in one convenient volume ranges from Anglo-Saxon times to the post-modern present. Teacher/author Sanders deftly explores key writers and their works, placing them in the context of literary tradition as well as social and political developments.

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A comprehensive introductory guide to the literature of the British Isles from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present, with chapters on Old and Middle English literature, the Renaissance, the 17th and 18th centuries, the Romantics, Victorian and Edwardian literature, Modernism, and post-war writing. Throughout, the author combines concise analyses of individual works and authors with a sense of how they interacted in an overarching literary tradition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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A comprehensive history of the literature of the British Isles, covering Old English and medieval works; Shakespearean plays and sonnets; literature from the Renaissance, the 17th and 18th centuries, the Romantic era, and the Victorian period; and modern and post-war writing. Lively, accessible, and up to date, this guide provides a fresh assessment of the distinctive contribution of Scottish, Irish, and Welsh writers, and questions the future of "the canon" in light of the current fragmented condition of British writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199263387
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 766
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Andrew Sanders is Professor of English Studies at the University of Durham and the editor of a number of World's Classics editions, including Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities and Thackeray's Barry Lyndon.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : poets' corners : the development of a canon of English literature 1
1 Old English literature 16
2 Medieval literature 1066-1510 28
3 Renaissance and Reformation : literature 1510-1620 86
4 Revolution and restoration : literature 1620-1690 189
5 Eighteenth-century literature 1690-1780 276
6 The literature of the romantic period 1780-1830 338
7 High Victorian literature 1830-1880 405
8 Late Victorian and Edwardian literature 1880-1920 465
9 Modernism and its alternatives : literature 1920-1945 513
10 Post-war and post-modern literature 586
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