The Routledge History of Literature in English: Britain and Ireland

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 584 pages
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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Contents

Contexts and conditions
3
Long poems
12
Language and dialect
20
Womens voices
28
Langland Gower and Lydgate
40
Mediaeval drama
46
Contexts and conditions
57
Renaissance poetry
64
Jane Austen
255
From Gothic to Frankenstein
265
Contexts and conditions
347
Later Hardy
352
First World War poetry
359
T S Eliot
366
Popular poets
373
Scottish and Welsh poetry
379

Contexts and conditions
129
Restoration drama
139
Rochester
151
Pope
157
The novel
166
Criticism
181
Drama after 1737
194
Melancholy madness and nature
203
Contexts and conditions
217
William Cobbett grammar and politics
223
Keats
234
Byron
243
Romantic prose
249
H Lawrence
387
the popular tradition
393
Modernism and the novel
400
H Lawrence
411
Woolf and Joyce
419
Irish English nationality and literature
429
Ireland
436
TIMELINES
543
Restoration to Romanticism
553
Acknowledgements
566
Index
579
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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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