An immensely lucid, systematic book detailing the history of English literature right from Old English to Modern English - provides necessary background historical and cultural context to understand the trends of a particular era in terms of its literary output - as also discussing in brief but with immense clarity major authors and works of respective eras and a brief mention of minor authors and works.
Hazlitt's ideas about many of the plays have now come to be valued as thought-provoking alternatives to those of his contemporary Coleridge, and Characters of Shakespear's Plays is now viewed as a major study of Shakespeare's plays, placing Hazlitt with Schlegel and Coleridge as one of the three most notable Shakespearean critics of the Romantic period.
It's a good chronology of some of the most well known English writers. Don't forget that not all of the people mentioned in this book are important writers, and some very important ones have been - suspiciously - omitted altogether, as if the author had some kind of a personal problem with them! Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and other major writers have not even been mentioned, whereas some very obscure ones have been discussed in detail. Read it as a complementary source. But whatever this book is, it's not a comprehensive record, and not one to be trusted.
This book joins together two vital scholarly traditions: rhetorical criticism and critical studies. With updated examples from popular culture throughout the text; updated material on Marxist, psychoanalytic, feminist, media-centered, and culture-centered criticism; as well as a new discussion on "super-signs", neo-Aristotelian methods, and intertextuality, the text enables students to apply the growing and cutting-edge methodologies of critical studies to the study of rhetoric, and to link those new approaches to the rhetorical tradition.
What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is literature, and does it matter? These questions and more are addressed in Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, a book which steers a clear path through a subject which is often perceived to be complex and impenetrable. Jonathan Culler, an extremely lucid commentator and much admired in the field of literary theory, offers discerning insights into such theories as the nature of language and meaning, and whether literature is a form of self-expression or a method of appeal to an audience. Concise yet thorough, Literary Theory also outlines the ideas behind a number of different schools: deconstruction, semiotics, postcolonial theory, and structuralism, among others. From topics such as literature and social identity to poetry, poetics, and rhetoric, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction is a welcome guide for anyone interested in the importance of literature and the debates surrounding it.
Professor David Daiches' Critical History gives the reader a fascinating insight into over twelve centuries of great writing. With enormous intelligence and enthusiasm, he guides the reader through this vastly complex and rich tradition, finely balancing historical background with highly informed criticism. Daiches' groundbreaking work is essential reading for all lovers of literature.
It seems to be mostly aimed at people used to traditional literary criticism, who are interested in the whole new & exciting thang that is Cultural Studies - reading and interpreting all sorts of cultural objects, from tv shows and movies, to public buildings, to cereal packets, to (and this is really where this book comes in) poems and novels and plays. It's a good, clear summary of a fascinating but often confusing field.
This fifth volume covers the period from William Blake to Lord Byron. It begins with an account of the social and itellectual context of English literature during this, the Romantic, period, followed by a survey of the literature itself. The rest of the book is made up of a series of essays dealing in detail with Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Crabbe, KJeats, Shelley, Byron, Burns, \jane Austen, Scott, and the Essayistsw. Finally the volume contains an Appendix of biographies and bibliographies.
Gives an account of Books 1 and 2 of Homer's "Iliad", not in a strictly translatory sense, but as an attempt to convey the spirit of Homer and his narrative. Written by the author of "War Music", this book was awarded the Bernard F. O'Connor Award.
Britain possesses a literary heritage which is almost unrivalled in the Western world. In this illustrated volume the richness, diversity and continuity of that tradition from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day are explored by a group of Britain's foremost literary scholars. At the heart of the history is Shakespeare, but other major figures including Chaucer, Milton, Donne, Dickens and Eliot, as well as living authors such as Seamus Heaney and Edward Bond, are discussed in depth in this book.
From Modernist/Postmodernist perspective, leading critics Richard Ruland (American) and Malcolm Bradbury (British) address questions of literary and cultural nationalism. They demonstrate that since the seventeenth century, American writing has reflected the political and historical climate of its time and helped define America's cultural and social parameters. Above all, they argue that American literature has always been essentially "modern", illustrating this with a broad range of texts: from Poe and Melville to Fitzgerald and Pound, to Wallace Stevens, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Thomas Pynchon. "From Puritanism to Postmodernism" pays homage to the luxuriance of American writing by tracing the creation of a national literature that retained its deep roots in European culture while striving to achieve cultural independence.