Short Oxford History of English Literature

Short Oxford History of English Literature

Paperback Short Oxford History of English Literature

By (author) Andrew Sanders


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 752 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 44mm | 1,140g
  • Publication date: 4 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199263388
  • ISBN 13: 9780199263387
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: New ed of 3 Revised ed
  • Sales rank: 91,416

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The Short Oxford History of English Literature is the most comprehensive and scholarly history of English literature on the market. It 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. Professor Sanders provides detailed analysis of the major writers and their works and examines the impact of British literature on contemporary political, social and intellectual developments. This third edition has been revised and updated for a 21st century reader, incorporating discussion of a greater number of female and contemporary authors.

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Author information

Andrew Sanders' research interests are centred on the Nineteenth-Century Novel and particularly on the work of Charles Dickens. He was the editor of the Dickensian from 1979-87 and is the author of Charles Dickens: Resurrectionist and The Spirit of New Age. He is the editor of the Oxford World's Classics editions of Gaskell's Sylvia's Lovers, Thackeray's Barry Lyndon and Hughes' Tom Brown's Schooldays. His edition of Eliot's Romola was published by Penguin Classics.

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Review from previous edition 'A very fine, enlightening, introductory, single-volume text'. Ron Vaverka at Orebro University in Sweden 'Informative, accurate, brilliantly comprehensive, the author manages to survey an incredible array of texts while providing a thoughtful resume and analysis of particular works. I really enjoyed reading this book!' Jim McKusick at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County 'The book manages to do a very large number of things very intelligently and gracefully...I look forward to seeing the third edition and to being able to recommend it to students'. John Sitter at Emory University 'One of the major reasons I recommend the text'. (On Sanders' writing style) Jane Dowson at De Montford

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION ; Poets' Corners: The Development of a Canon of English Literature ; 1. Old English Literature ; 2. Medieval Literature ; 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 ; 7. High Victorian Literature ; 8. Late Victoria and Edwardian Literature 1880-1920 ; 9. Modernism and its Alternatives: Literature 1920-1945 ; 10. Post-War and Post-Modern Literature