Short Oxford History of English Literature

Short Oxford History of English Literature

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 768 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 40mm | 1,174g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0199263388
  • 9780199263387
  • 106,053

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
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Review Text

The Short Oxford History of English Literature provides a comprehensive and authoritative introductory guide to the literature of the British Isles from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day, including a full treatment of Irish, Scottish, and Welsh writing in English. The chapters are
arranged chronologically, covering all major periods of English literature from Old English to the post-war era, including the medieval period, the Renaissance, Shakespeare, the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Romanticism, the Victorians, Modernism, and Postmodernism. In addition to a detailed
discussion of all major figures and their works, Andrew Sanders examines throughout the relationship between the literary landscape and wider contemporary social, political, and intellectual developments.
This edition contains a range of new entries on important contemporary authors and an increased focus on female writers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as well as a fully updated and revised bibliography.
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'One of the major reasons I recommend the text'. (On Sanders' writing style) * Jane Dowson at De Montford * '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 * '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 * Review from previous edition 'A very fine, enlightening, introductory, single-volume text'. * Ron Vaverka at Orebro University in Sweden *
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About Andrew Sanders

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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