Synopses & Reviews
The Short Oxford History of English Literature, 2e provides a comprehensive beginner's guide to the literature of the British Isles from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day in one volume. Separate chapters trace the development from Beowulf to the post-modern fictions of Seamus Heaney and Angela Carter and include a new section on late 20th century prose and British and Irish poetry of the 60s. The History provides detailed discussion of Old and Middle English literature, the Renaissance, Shakespeare, the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Romantics, Victorian and Edwardian literature, Modernism, and post-war writing. Discussions of key writers and works are combined with analysis of the impact on literature of contemporary political, social, and intellectual developments. The book includes Scottish, Irish, and Welsh writers, and it asks about the future of the canon in the light of the fragmented condition of British writing in the post-imperial period.
The 'Short Oxford History of English Literature' offers an introductory guide to the literature of the British Isles from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day in eleven chapters covering all the major periods of English literature chronologically. This updated third edition incorporates discussion of more female and contemporary authors.
Includes bibliographical references (p.-716) and index.
About the Author
is the editor of the Oxford World Classic's editions of Gaskell's Sylvia's Lovers (1982); Thackeray's Barry Lyndon (1984) and The Newcomes (1995); Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities (1988) and David Copperfield (1999); and Hughes's Tom Brown's Schooldays (1989). He also contributed the Victorians Chapter in the Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature. Dickens and the Spirit of the Age is to be published in Nov. 1999 (Oxford University Press).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Poet's Corners: The Development of a Canon of English Literature
1. Old English Literature
2. English Medieval Literature 1066-1510
3. Renaissance and Reformation: Literature 1510-1620
4. Revolution and Restoration: Literature 1620-1690
5. Eighteenth-Century Literature 1690-1780
6. The Literature of the Romantic Period 1780-1830
7. High Victorian literature 1830-1880
8. Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature 1880-1920
9. Modernism and its Alternatives: Literature 1920-1945
10. Post-War and post Modern Literature
Notes on Further Reading