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Sweeping across two millennia and every literary genre, acclaimed scholar and biographer Jonathan Bate provides a dazzling introduction to English Literature. The focus is wide, shifting from the birth of the novel and the brilliance of English comedy to the deep Englishness of landscape poetry and the ethnic diversity of Britain's Nobel literature laureates. It goes on to provide a more in-depth analysis, with close readings from an extraordinary scene in King Lear
to a war poem by Carol Ann Duffy, and a series of striking examples of how literary texts change as they are transmitted from writer to reader.
The narrative embraces not only the major literary movements such as Romanticism and Modernism, together with the most influential authors including Chaucer, Donne, Johnson, Wordsworth, Austen, Dickens and Woolf, but also little-known stories such as the identity of the first English woman poet to be honoured with a collected edition of her works. Written with the flair and passion for which Jonathan Bate has become renowned, this book is the perfect Very Short Introduction for all
readers and students of the incomparable literary heritage of these islands.
ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
"While exploring towering works, Bate remins us that literature can also be terrific fun." - Christopher Hirst. The Independent
1. Once upon a time
2. What it is
3. When it began
4. The study of English
5. Periods and movements
6. Among the English Poets
7. Shakespeare and dramatic literature
8. Aspects of the English novel
9. The Englishness of English literature
ISBN: 9780199569267 ISBN-10: 0199569266 Series: Very Short Introductions Audience:
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 192 Published: 7th October 2010 Publisher: Oxford University Press Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 11.3
Weight (kg): 0.16