The Routledge History of Literature in English

The Routledge History of Literature in English : Britain and Ireland

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This new guide to the main developments in the history of British and Irish Literature uniquely charts some of the main features of literary language development and highlights key language topics. Clearly structured and highly readable, unlike traditional histories of literature it spans over a thousand years of literary history 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.
Key features of the book are:
* an up-to-date guide to the major periods of literature in English in Britain and Ireland
* extensive coverage of post-1945 literature
* language notes spanning AD 600 to the present
* extensive quotations from poetry, prose and drama
* a timeline of the important historical and political events
This will be essential reading for all students of English literature and language.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 31.75mm | 454g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415123429
  • 9780415123426

Table of contents

List of Illustrations Foreword by Malcolm Bradbury 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 Nineteeth Century The Twentieth Century: 1900-1945 The Twentieth Century: 1945 To The Present Timelines Nobel Prize Winners Index Each section contains an average of three language notes related to the period.
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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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About Ronald Carter

Ronald Carter is Professor of Modern English Language in the Department of English Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is editor of the Routledge Interface series in language and literary studies.
John McRae is a Special Professor of English Language in Literature Studies at the University of Nottingham and has been Visiting Professor and Lecturer in more than twenty countries.
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