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History of English Literature

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ISBN-10: 0230007236

ISBN-13: 9780230007239

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Michael Alexander

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Presented as a narrative, yet usable as a work of reference, this text offers an account of literature from the beginnings of English until the present day. This edition has been fully revised to take into account new authors and new scholarly developments in literature and in society.
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List price: $34.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 4/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 386
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

MICHAEL ALEXANDER is the pseudonym of a nurse who has previously worked in the UK and New Zealand.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Preface
Preface to Second Edition
Abbreviations
Introduction
Literary history
What's included?
Tradition, not 'canon'
Priorities
What is literature?
Language change
Other literatures in English
Is drama literature?
Qualities and quantities
Texts
Further reading
Primary texts
Secondary texts
Medieval
Old English Literature? to 1100
Orientations
Britain, England, English
Oral origins and conversion
Aldhelm, Bede, Caedmon
Northumbria and The Dream of the Rood
Heroic poetry
Christian literature
Alfred
Beowulf
Elegies
Battle poetry
The harvest of literacy
Further reading
Middle English Literature: 1066-1500
The new writing
Handwriting and printing
The impact of French
Scribal practic
Dialect and language change
Literary consciousness
New fashions: French and Latin
Epic and romance
Courtly literature
Medieval institutions
Authority
Lyrics
English prose
The fourteenth century
Spiritual writing
Julian of Norwich
Secular prose
Ricardian poetry
Piers Plowman
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
John Gower
Geoffrey Chaucer
The Parlement of Fowls
Troilus and Criseyde
The Canterbury Tales
The fifteenth century
Drama
Mystery plays
Morality plays
Religious lyric
Deaths of Arthur
The arrival of printing
Scottish poetry
Robert Henryson
William Dunbar
Gavin Douglas
Further reading
Tudor and Stuart
Tudor Literature; 1500-1603
Medieval and Modern: a caution
Renaissance and Reformation
The Renaissance
Expectations
Investigations
England's place in the world
The Reformation
Sir Thomas More
The Courtier
Sir Thomas Wyatt
The Earl of Surrey
Religious prose
Bible translation
Instructive prose
Drama
Elizabethan literature
Verse
Sir Philip Sidney
Edmund Spenser
Sir Walter Ralegh
Elizabethan and Jacobean
Christopher Marlowe
Song
Thomas Campion
Prose
John Lyly
Thomas Nashe
Richard Hooker
Further reading
Shakespeare and the Drama
William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's life
The plays preserved
Luck and fame
The drama
The commercial theatre
Predecessors
Christopher Marlowe
The order of the plays
Histories
Richard II
Henry IV
Henry V
Comedy
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Twelfth Night
The poems
Tragedy
Hamlet
KingLear
Macbeth
Romances
The Tempest
Conclusion
Shakespeare's achievement
His supposed point of view
Ben Jonson
The Alchemist
Volpone
Further reading
Stuart Literature: to 1700
The Stuart century
Drama to 1642
Comedy
Tragedy
John Donne
Prose to 1642
Sir Francis Bacon
Lancelot Andrewes
Robert Burton
Sir Thomas Browne
Poetry to Milton
Ben Jonson
Metaphysical poets
Devotional poets
Cavalier poets
John Milton
Prose and Paradise Lost
The Restoration
The Earl of Rochester
John Bunyan
Samuel Pepys
The theatres
Restoration comedy
John Dryden
Satire
Prose
John Locke
Women writers
William Congreve
Further reading
Augustan and Romantic
Augustan Literature: to 1790
The eighteenth century
The Enlightenment
Sense and Sensibility
Alexander Pope and 18th-century civilization
Joseph Addison
Jonathan Swift
Alexander Pope
Translation as tradition
The Rape of the Lock
Mature verse
John Gay
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
The novel
Daniel Defoe
Cross-currents
Samuel Richardson
Henry Fielding
Tobias Smollett
Laurence Sterne
The emergence of Sensibility
Thomas Gray
Pre-Romantic sensibility: 'Ossian'
Gothic fiction
The Age of Johnson
Dr Samuel Johnson
The Dictionary
Literary criticism
James Boswell
Non-fiction
Edward Gibbon
Edmund Burke
Oliver Goldsmith
Frances Burney
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Christopher Smart
William Cowper
Robert Burns
Further reading
The Romantics: 1790-1837
The Romantic poets
Early Romantics
William Blake
Subjectivity
Romanticism and Revolution
William Wordsworth
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Sir Walter Scott
Younger Romantics
Lord Byron
Percy Bysshe Shelley
John Keats
Romantic prose
Belles lettres
Charles Lamb
William Hazlitt
Thomas De Quincey
Fiction
Thomas Love Peacock
Mary Shelley
Maria Edgeworth
Sir Walter Scott
Jane Austen
Towards Victoria
Further reading
Victorian Literature to 1880
The Age and its Sages
The Victorian age
Moral history
Abundance
Why sages?
Thomas Carlyle
John Stuart Mill
John Ruskin
John Henry Newman
Charles Darwin
Matthew Arnold
Further reading
Poetry
Victorian Romantic poetry
Minor verse
John Clare
Alfred Tennyson
Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
Matthew Arnold
Arthur Hugh Clough
Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Christina Rossetti
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Gerard Hopkins
Further reading
Fiction
The triumph of the novel
Disraeli's Sybil; or, The Two Nations
Two Bronte novels
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights
Elizabeth Gaskell
Charles Dickens
The Pickwick Papers
David Copperfield
Bleak House
Our Mutual Friend
Great Expectations
'The Inimitable'
William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair
Anthony Trollope
George Eliot
Adam Bede
The Mill on the Floss
Silas Marner
Middlemarch
Daniel Deronda
Nonsense prose and verse
Lewis Carroll
Edward Lear
Further reading
Late Victorian Literature: 1880-1900
Differentiation
Thomas Hardy and Henry James
Aestheticism
Walter Pater
A revival of drama
Oscar Wilde
George Bernard Shaw
Fiction
Thomas Hardy
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Minor fiction
Samuel Butler
Robert Louis Stevenson
Wilkie Collins
George Moore
Poetry
Aestheticism
A. E. Housman
Rudyard Kipling
Further reading
The Twentieth Century
Ends and Beginnings: 1901-19
The new century
Fiction
Edwardian realists
Rudyard Kipling
John Galsworthy
Arnold Bennett
H. G. Wells
The Press and G. K. Chesterton
Joseph Conrad
Heart of Darkness
Nostromo
E. M. Forster
Ford Madox Ford
Poetry
Pre-war verse
Thomas Hardy
War poetry and war poets
Further reading
From Post-War to Post-War: 1920-55
'Modernism': 1914-27
D. H. Lawrence
The Rainbow
James Joyce
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Ulysses
Ezra Pound: the London years
T. S. Eliot
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
The Waste Land
Four Quartets
Eliot's criticism
W. B. Yeats
Hugh MacDiarmid and David Jones
Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse
Katherine Mansfield
Non-modernism: the Twenties and Thirties
Modernism fails to catch on
The poetry of the Thirties
Political camps
W. H. Auden
The novel
Evelyn Waugh
Grahame Greene
Anthony Powell
George Orwell
Elizabeth Bowen
Fairy tales
C. S. Lewis
J. R. R. Tolkien
Poetry
The Second World War
Dylan Thomas
Drama
Sean O'Casey
Farther reading
New Beginnings: 1955-80
Drama
Samuel Beckett
John Osborne
Harold Pinter
Established protest
Novels galore
William Golding
Muriel Spark
Iris Murdoch
Other writers
Poetry
Philip Larkin
Ted Hughes
Geoffrey Hill
Tony Harrison
Seamus Heaney
Further reading
Postscript on the Current
Internationalization and language
Post-modernism?
Even more novels
Metropolitan novelists
Genre
Post-colonial? Multi-cultural?
Multi-culturalism
Four novels
Contemporary poetry
Further reading
Index