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English Literature in Context

2nd Edition

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Valerie Allen, Andrew Hiscock, Lee Morrissey, Peter J. Kitson, Maria Frawley, Paul Poplawski, John Brannigan
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  • Date Published: June 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316506639
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  • This is the second edition of English Literature in Context, a popular textbook which provides an essential resource and reference tool for all English literature students. Designed to accompany students throughout their degree course, it offers a detailed narrative survey of the diverse historical and cultural contexts that have shaped the development of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. Carefully structured for undergraduate use, the eight chronological chapters are written by a team of expert contributors who are also highly experienced teachers. Each chapter includes a detailed chronology, contextual readings of selected literary texts, annotated suggestions for further reading, a rich range of illustrations and textboxes, and thorough historical and literary overviews. This second edition has been comprehensively revised, with a new chapter on postcolonial literature, a substantially expanded chapter on contemporary literature, and the addition of over two hundred new critical references. Online resources include textboxes, chapter samples, study questions, and chronologies.

    • The second edition features a whole new chapter on postcolonial literature, a substantially expanded chapter on contemporary literature, revised illustrations and over two hundred new references, bringing the textbook up to date and taking into account the last fifteen years of scholarship
    • Recurring themes across chapters show how historical periods relate to each other, helping students understand the development of ideas, concepts, and movements
    • Designed to encourage students to do more further reading and use primary sources, explaining context and providing excerpts and specific references to give students the understanding, confidence and motivation needed to fully engage with further reading and primary sources
    • Detailed chronologies, textboxes and carefully chosen illustrations stimulate debate and enhance understanding, whilst online resources include textboxes, chapter samples, study questions, and chronologies
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    Review for first edition: '… a brilliantly designed textbook, thoughtfully conceived and appealingly presented, clearly showing how literature is vibrantly alive in and to the world in which it was written. Both students and teachers will find this book of great use and genuine interest.' David Scott Kastan, Columbia University

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    06th Sep 2017 by Nancyreyes

    I used for my Englih Literature Class and it has help me a lot.

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316506639
    • length: 754 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 175 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.48kg
    • contains: 107 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Revised preface
    1. Medieval English, 500–1500 Valerie Allen
    2. The Renaissance, 1485–1660 Andrew Hiscock
    3. The Restoration and eighteenth century, 1660–1780 Lee Morrissey
    4. The Romantic period, 1780–1832 Peter J. Kitson
    5. The Victorian age, 1832–1901 Maria Frawley
    6. The twentieth century, 1901–39 Paul Poplawski
    7. The twentieth and twenty-first centuries, 1939–2015 John Brannigan
    8. Post-Colonial literature in English Paul Poplawski.

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    Paul Poplawski
    Paul Poplawski, formerly of the University of Leicester, where he was Director of Studies at Vaughan College and Senior Lecturer in English, now lives and works as an independent scholar in Austria.


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