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Routledge History of Literature in English Britain and Ireland

ISBN-10: 0415243181
ISBN-13: 9780415243186
Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)
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Description: This is a guide to the main developments in the history of British and Irish literature, charting some of the main features of literary language development and highlighting key language topics.

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List price: $46.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/29/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

This is a guide to the main developments in the history of British and Irish literature, charting some of the main features of literary language development and highlighting key language topics.

A professor of English literature and American studies who has published numerous critical works, Malcolm Bradbury is also a novelist whose protagonists are academics who make muddles of their personal and professional lives. He maintains that his main concern is to explore problems and dilemmas of liberalism and issues of moral responsibility. The targets of Bradbury's satires include intellectual pretension, cultural myopia, and official smugness. His protagonists are largely sympathetic, if comic, failures at mastering their own fates in a world of absurd rules and regulations. His major novels include Eating People Is Wrong (1959), Stepping Westward (1965), and The History Man (1975). This last, a novel of intellectual and political conflict at an English university in the late 1960s, was made into a successful television minidrama. More recent novels include Rates of Exchange (1983) and Cuts (1987).

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Foreword
The Beginnings of English: Old and Middle English 600-1485
Contexts and conditions Personal and religious voices Language note: The earliest figurative language Long poems French influence and English affirmation Language and dialect Language note: The expanding lexicon
Chaucer and Middle English From anonymity to individualism Women''s voices Fantasy Travel Geoffrey Chaucer Langland, Gower and Lydgate
The Scottish Chaucerians Medieval drama Malory and Skelton Language note: Prose and sentence structure
The Renaissance: 1485-1660
Contexts and conditions Language note: Expanding world: expanding lexicon
Renaissance poetry Language note: Puttenham''s Social Poetics Drama before Shakespeare
From the street to the building - the Elizabethan theatre Language note
The further expanding lexicon Renaissance prose Translations of the Bible Language note
The Language of the Bible Shakespeare
The plays The sonnets Language note: Shakespeare''s language
The Metaphysical poets
The Cavalier poets Jacobean drama - to the closure of the theatres, 1642
Other dramatists of the early seventeenth century City comedy
The end of the Renaissance theatre
Restoration To Romanticism: 1660-1789
Contexts and conditions Early Milton Restoration drama
Journalism Scottish Enlightenment, diarists and Gibbon The novel Criticism Language note
The expanding lexicon - standards of English''
Drama after 1737 Poetry after Pope Language note: Metrical patterns Melancholy, madness and nature
The Gothic and the sublime Language note: Point of view
The Romantic Period: 1789 - 1832
Contexts and conditions Language note
Reading Wordsworth Language note: The ''real'' language of men
The novel in the Romantic period Jane Austen Language note
The Scottish regional novel
The Nineteenth Century
Contexts and conditions Dickens Language note: Reading Dickens Victorian thought and Victorian novels
The Brontes and Eliot Other lady novelists Late Victorian novels Wilde and Aestheticism Hardy and James Language note: Dialect and character in Hardy Victorian poetry Language note
The developing uses of dialects in literature Victorian drama Language note: Reading the language of theatre and drama
The Twentieth Century: 1900-45
Contexts and conditions Modern poetry to 1945 Language note: Reading Hardy Later Hardy Language note
The fragmenting lexicon Georgian and Imagist poetry First World War poetry Irish writing
Language note: Modernist poetic syntax Popular poets Thirties poets Language note
Reading Auden Scottish and Welsh poetry Modern Drama to 1945 Irish drama
Literature about language The novel to 1945 Subjectivity: the popular tradition
The Kailyard School Provincial novels Social concerns Light novels Genre fiction Modernism and the novel Forster
Conrad and Ford Language note: Metaphor and metonymy
Irish English, nationality and literature Novels of the First World Wa
Ireland Early Greene and Waugh Thirties novelists
The Twentieth Century: 1945 To The Present
Contexts and conditions Drama since 1945 Language note
Drama and everyday language Poetry of the Second World War Poetry since 1945
The novel since 1945 Writing for younger children - so-called children''s literature
Later Greene Post-war Waugh Orwell Dialogue novels Language note: Discourse, titles and dialogism
The mid-century novel Amis, father and son Language note: City slang Language note
Common speech Golding
The campus novel Excellent women Muriel Spark and o

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