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The Palgrave Guide to English Literature and Its Contexts : 1500-2000 - Peter Widdowson

The Palgrave Guide to English Literature and Its Contexts

1500-2000

Paperback Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780333792186
Number Of Pages: 291

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This comprehensive guide to the historical and cultural context of English Literature covers the core periods of literature, and history, from the English Renaissance to the present. It introduces and outlines key terms, concepts and developments and provides a series of timelines showing political, social, cultural and literary events for each year. Together it offers a concise history of Britain for literature students and provides readers with the context for any literary work from 1500 to 2000.

'Peter Widdowson has produced an eminently reliable, rigorous and above all readable contextualized chronology of the past 500 years of literary and cultural history. The book offers fascinating and illuminating possibilities of 'time travel' for the student and general reader alike.' - Professor Elleke Boehmer, Nottingham Trent University 'There is no single reference source which clearly and coherently indicates relevant historical and cultural contexts and intertexts...I would hope to see [this book] on students' shelves alongside a decent dictionary, Brewer's and Roget's Thesaurus.' - Jo Gill, University of Exeter 'Accessible but scholarly - a very useful contextualising study for students.' - Dr Elspeth Graham, Liverpool John Moores University

Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. xiii
Premises and Proceduresp. xiii
Premisesp. xiii
Eng. Lit.p. xiii
Historical Rangep. xiv
Timelinesp. xiv
Proceduresp. xv
Periodicityp. xv
Datesp. xv
Selectionp. xvi
How to Use This Bookp. xviii
Structurep. xviii
Substantive Timeline Columnsp. xviii
International and Political Contextsp. xix
Social and Cultural Contextsp. xix
Authorsp. xix
Indicative Titlesp. xx
Indexp. xx
Abbreviations Used Throughoutp. xxi
1500-1649: The English Reformation and Renaissancep. 1
Tudorp. 2
Key Timeline Narratives 1500-1603p. 2
The Successionp. 2
Religionp. 2
Politicsp. 2
The (English) Reformationp. 2
The (English) Renaissancep. 4
Elizabethanp. 6
Key Timeline Narrativesp. 6
Religionp. 6
Ireland and Europep. 6
North Americap. 7
Social and Economic Developmentsp. 7
Literary and Cultural Eventsp. 7
Stuart (also Stewart)p. 7
Jacobeanp. 8
Key Timeline Narratives 1603-1625p. 8
Religionp. 8
Governmentp. 8
Naval Expansion and Colonisationp. 8
Social and Economic Eventsp. 8
Theatrep. 8
Carolinep. 9
The English Civil Warp. 10
Key Timeline Narrativesp. 10
Religionp. 10
Colonisationp. 10
Sciencep. 10
Lawp. 11
Theatrep. 11
Timelines: 1500-1649p. 12
1650-1699: Commonwealth and Restorationp. 37
Interregnump. 38
Commonwealthp. 38
Protectoratep. 38
Fifth Monarchists, Ranters, Levellers and Diggersp. 39
Stuart (continued)p. 40
Jacobitep. 41
(The) Restorationp. 41
Key Timeline narratives 1660-1699p. 42
Naval, Trade and Colonial Expansionp. 42
Government and Financep. 43
Lawp. 43
Cultural Developmentsp. 43
Literature and Theatrep. 43
Habeas Corpusp. 44
Whigsp. 44
Toriesp. 44
Timelines: 1650-1699p. 46
1700-1789: The Augustan Periodp. 56
Hanover / Hanoverianp. 57
Key Timeline Narratives 1700-1789p. 59
International Eventsp. 59
Science and Industryp. 59
Healthp. 59
North Americap. 59
Society and Culturep. 59
Artsp. 60
Literaturep. 60
Georgian Ip. 61
The Enlightenmentp. 61
Augustan / Augustanismp. 62
Neo-Classical / Neo-Classicismp. 63
Timelines: 1700-1789p. 66
1790-1829: The Romantic Periodp. 84
Hanoverian (continued) Ip. 84
(The) Regencyp. 86
Hanoverian (continued) IIp. 87
Key Timeline Narratives 1790-1829p. 87
International Eventsp. 87
French Revolutionp. 87
Politicsp. 88
Economicsp. 88
Unionsp. 88
Reformp. 88
Science and Engineeringp. 89
European Culturep. 89
British Culturep. 89
Jacobinp. 90
Romanticism / Romanticp. 90
Timelines: 1790-1829p. 94
1830-1899: The Victorian Periodp. 107
Victorianp. 108
The Victorian Agep. 109
Key 'Early Victorian' Timeline Narratives 1830s-c.1849p. 111
Parliamentary Reformp. 111
Social Reformp. 112
Corn Law Reform and Free Tradep. 112
Educationp. 112
Industrial Relationsp. 112
Irelandp. 113
The Railwaysp. 113
The European Contextp. 113
The US Contextp. 113
The British Empirep. 114
Australiap. 114
New Zealandp. 114
Canadap. 114
South Africap. 114
Indiap. 114
Other Coloniesp. 114
Science and Technologyp. 114
British Cultural Developmentsp. 115
Chartismp. 115
Conservativesp. 116
Liberalsp. 117
Key 'Mid-Victorian' Timeline Narratives 1850s-c.1880p. 117
Parliamentary Reformp. 118
Social Reformp. 118
Free Tradep. 119
Educationp. 119
Irelandp. 119
The European Contextp. 119
The US Contextp. 119
The British Empirep. 119
Science and Technologyp. 120
Cultural Developmentsp. 120
Fenianp. 121
(The) Pre-Raphaelite(s)p. 121
Key 'Late Victorian' Timeline Narratives 1880s-c.1901p. 121
Parliamentary Reformp. 121
Social Reformp. 122
Educationp. 122
The Labour Movementp. 122
Irelandp. 123
The European Contextp. 123
Imperialismp. 123
Science and Technologyp. 124
Cultural Developmentsp. 124
(The) Fin de Sieclep. 125
Timelines: 1830-1899p. 126
1900-1939: World War I and the Modernist Periodp. 152
Edwardianp. 153
Georgian IIp. 153
The First World War / World War I (WWI) / 'The Great War'p. 154
Key Timeline Narratives 1900-1919p. 155
International Contextp. 155
The UK Political and Social Contextp. 156
Irelandp. 156
Educationp. 156
Science and Technologyp. 156
The Cultural Contextp. 157
The Women's Movement / Feminismp. 157
The Inter-War Periodp. 158
Key Timeline Narratives 1918-1939p. 159
The International Contextp. 159
Germanyp. 159
Italyp. 159
Spainp. 160
Soviet Russiap. 160
China and Japanp. 160
The Commonwealth and Indiap. 161
The United Statesp. 161
British Politicsp. 161
The British Social Contextp. 162
Irelandp. 163
Science and Technologyp. 163
The Cultural Contextp. 163
(The) Labour (Party)p. 164
Modernism / Modernistp. 166
Literary Modernism in the British Contextp. 168
Timelines: 1900-1939p. 172
1940-1959: World War II and the Post-War Periodp. 194
The Second World War / World War II (WWII)p. 194
(The) Post-War (Period)p. 196
Key Timeline Narratives 1940-1959p. 196
The UK in Wartimep. 196
The Post-War International Contextp. 197
UK Politicsp. 197
The Welfare State, Social Issues and Educationp. 198
Science and Technologyp. 198
The Cultural Contextp. 199
Televisionp. 199
Theatrep. 199
Timelines: 1940-1959p. 200
1960-1979: The Nineteen-Sixties and Seventiesp. 212
Nineteen-Sixtiesp. 213
Key Timeline Narratives 1960-1969p. 213
The International Contextp. 213
British Colonies in Africa and Elsewherep. 213
The USA and USSRp. 213
Vietnam Warp. 214
Other Conflictsp. 214
Europep. 214
UK Politicsp. 214
UK Industrial and Social Relationsp. 214
Immigrationp. 215
Educationp. 215
Northern Irelandp. 215
Science and Technologyp. 215
Social and Cultural 'Signs of the Times'p. 216
Disastersp. 216
Crimes and Trialsp. 216
Sportp. 216
The Swinging Sixtiesp. 216
Artp. 216
Popular Musicp. 216
Theatrep. 217
Satirep. 217
Theory and Criticismp. 217
Nineteen-Seventiesp. 217
Key Timeline Narratives 1970-1979p. 217
The International Contextp. 217
Africap. 217
Asiap. 217
The Americasp. 218
The Middle East and Iranp. 218
Europe and the USSRp. 219
'Terrorism'p. 219
Nuclear and Environmental Issuesp. 219
Science and Technologyp. 220
UK Politics and the Economyp. 220
UK Industrial Relationsp. 221
UK Social Issuesp. 222
Northern Irelandp. 222
Social and Cultural 'Signs of the Times'p. 223
Disastersp. 223
Buildings and Exhibitionsp. 223
Sportp. 223
Theatrep. 223
Popular Musicp. 223
Visual Artsp. 223
Theory/Criticismp. 223
Timelines: 1960-1979p. 224
1980-1999: The Contemporary Periodp. 240
Contemporaryp. 241
Nineteen-Eightiesp. 241
Key Timeline Narratives 1980-1989p. 241
The International Contextp. 241
Africap. 241
Asiap. 242
The Americasp. 242
The Middle East, Iran and Iraqp. 242
The USSR and Europep. 243
Nuclear and Environmental Issuesp. 243
Science, Technology and Healthp. 244
UK Politics and the Economyp. 245
UK Industrial Relationsp. 246
UK Social Issues and Educationp. 247
Northern Irelandp. 248
Social and Cultural 'Signs of the Times'p. 248
Disastersp. 248
Crimes and Trialsp. 249
Buildings and 'Openings'p. 249
Sportp. 249
UK TVp. 249
Popular Musicp. 249
Nineteen-Ninetiesp. 250
Key Timeline Narratives 1990-1999p. 250
The International Contextp. 250
Africap. 250
Asiap. 250
USAp. 251
Iraq and the Middle Eastp. 251
USSR/Russiap. 252
Europep. 252
The Environment, Health, Science and Technologyp. 253
The Environmentp. 253
Health and Sciencep. 253
Technologyp. 253
UK Politics and the Economyp. 254
UK Industrial and Social Issues and Educationp. 255
Northern Irelandp. 256
Social and Cultural 'Signs of the Times'p. 256
Disastersp. 256
The Royalsp. 257
Sportp. 257
Popular Musicp. 257
Cultural Eventsp. 257
Postmodernism / Postmodernity / Postmodernp. 258
British Postmodern Fictionp. 260
Timelines: 1980-2000p. 262
Works Used for Referencep. 281
British Authors (with their dates and year of first citation)p. 284
Key Terms and Conceptsp. 292
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ISBN: 9780333792186
ISBN-10: 0333792181
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 291
Published: 1st June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 19.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1