The Routledge History of Literature in English: Britain and Ireland

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This completely updated and expanded second edition of the wide-ranging and accessible Routledge History of Literature in English covers the main developments in the history of British and Irish literature with accompanying language notes exploring the interrelationships between language and literature. Highly praised for its readability and narrative style it charts the principal features of literary language development and highlights key language topics. With a span of over a thousand years, from AD 600 to the present day, it emphasizes the growth of literary writing, its traditions, conventions and changing characteristics, and includes literature from the margins, both geographical and cultural.
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'The Routledge History of Literature in English is, as its title implies, an enormously ambitious and wide-ranging work. It offers judicious thumb-nail sketches of significant individual writers, and also valuable portraits of literary movements. Students of writing are bound to be indebted to it - and it has a clarity of structure and analysis that everyone will welcome.- Andrew Motion
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415123426
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/24/1997
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Carter is Professor of Modern English Language in the School of English Studies at the University of Nottingham. He has published widely in the fields of English Language and Literary Studies. John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies at the University of Nottingham and has been a Visiting Professor and Lecturer in more than twenty countries.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Foreword
The Beginnings of English: Old and Middle English 600-1485
The Renaissance: 1485-1660
Restoration to Romanticism: 1660-1789
The Romantic Period: 1789-1832
The Nineteenth Century: 1832-1900
The Twentieth Century: 1900-45
The Twentieth Century: 1945 to the present
Winners of the Booker Prize
Winners of the Whitbread Prize
British and Irish winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature
Timelines
Acknowledgements
Select bibliography
Index
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