The Palgrave Guide to English Literature and Its Contexts: 1500-2000

The Palgrave Guide to English Literature and Its Contexts: 1500-2000

by Peter Widdowson


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This comprehensive guide to the historical and cultural context of English literature covers the core periods of literature, and history, from the English Renaissance to the present. Peter Widdowson introduces and outlines key terms, concepts and developments and provides a series of timelines showing political, social, cultural and literary events for each year. Together, this indispensable reference work offers a concise history of Britain for literature students at all levels and provides readers with the context for any literary work from 1500 to 2000.

The Palgrave Guide to English Literature and its Contexts, 1500-2000
- covers a wide range of canonical British authors and works but also provides contextualising examples of works from other countries
- each chapter focuses on a key period in English Literature and History, gives a brief overview of that period, and defines the main terms and ideas of the age
- contains easy-to-follow timelines which may be viewed either horizontally or vertically, allowing readers to track a chronological history, or single out the developments and events of a specific year

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333792186
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 06/26/2004
Edition description: 2004
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

PETER WIDDOWSON was one time Professor of English at the University of Gloucestershire. He was a well-known critic whose publications for students include A Readers' Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory (with Peter Brooker, Longman, 1997), Literature (Routledge, 1999) and Graham Swift (Northcote House, 2004).

Table of Contents

Brief Contents.- Detailed Contents.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction: Premises and Procedures.- How to Use the Book.- Abbreviations Used Throughout.- 1500-1649: The English Reformation and Renaissance.- 1650-1699: Commonwealth and Restoration.- 1700-1789: The Augustan Period.- 1790-1829: The Romantic Period.- 1830-1899: The Victorian Period.- 1900-1939: World War I and the Modernist Period.- 1940-1959: World War II and the Post-War Period.- 1960-1979: The Nineteen-Sixties and Seventies.- 1980-2000: The Contemporary Period.- Works Used for Reference.- Alphabetical Index of British Authors.

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'Peter Widdowson has produced an eminently reliable, rigorous and above all readable contextualized chronology of the past 500 years of literary and cultural history. The book offers fascinating and illuminating possibilities of 'time travel' for the student and general reader alike.' - Professor Elleke Boehmer, Nottingham Trent University

'There is no single reference source which clearly and coherently indicates relevant historical and cultural contexts and intertexts...I would hope to see [this book] on students' shelves alongside a decent dictionary, Brewer's and Roget's Thesaurus.' - Jo Gill, University of Exeter

'Accessible but scholarly - a very useful contextualising study for students.' - Dr Elspeth Graham, Liverpool John Moores University

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