The Short Oxford History of English Literature

The Short Oxford History of English Literature

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Author: Andrew Sanders
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 756
ISBN/UPC (if available): 019567264X


This third edition has been revised and updated for a 21st century reader, incorporating discussion of a greater number of female and contemporary authors.

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 al 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.


A Note on the Text

Introduction: Poets’ Corner:
The Development Of a Canon
of English Literature

1. Old English Literature
2. Medieval Literature 1066-1510
3. Renaissance and Reformation: Literature 1510-1620
4. Revolution and Restoration: Literature 1620-1690
5. Eighteenth-Century Literature 19690-1780
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


Guide to Further Reading