The York Notes Companion to the Long Eighteenth Century traces the development of literature in English from the poets and playwrights of the Restoration through to the great eighteenth-century novelists and satirists. Examining the cultural and intellectual contexts that shaped the work of writers from Dryden to Defoe, such as trade, colonial expansion, slavery, and print culture, the Companion offers close readings of texts, and guides students through the key literary theories and debates that inform the study of the literature of this period. Connecting texts with their historical and scholarly contexts, this is essential reading for any student of eighteenth century literature.
Each York Notes Companion provides:
- Analysis of key texts and debates
- Extended commentaries for further in-depth analysis of individual texts
- Exploration of historical, social and cultural contexts
- Annotations clarifying literary terms and events in history
- Modern theoretical perspectives in practice
- Timelines and annotated further reading
Penny Pritchard is a Lecturer in English Literature and Language at the University of Hertfordshire.
"Pearson's guide to theLong 18th Century would be an extremely helpful resource to any student of A level to undergraduate level. It is a very easily readable guide to a century of dense social context; the book successfully manages to break this context down into easily comprehensible sections. One can easily dip in and out of the text; the subsections ensure that the writing is always focused and relevant and prevent one from getting lost in a mass of text. The style is academic, yet cogent and accessible and the index is thorough and comprehensive enough to make using the book very easy...
The texts focused upon for the extended commentaries are well selected and overall it provides an essential guide to an era which can initially seem daunting in its range of innovations and heavily loaded political and social context."
- Emily Scurrah, English Student, Warcwick University
Part One: Introduction Part Two: A cultural background Part Three: Text, Writers and Contexts Verse: John Dryden, Samuel Johnson and John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester Extended commentary: Wilmot, The Imperfect Enjoyment (1680) Drama: Aphra Behn, William Congreve and Richard Brinsley Sheridan Extended commentary: Behn, The Rover (1677-81) Political and social satire: Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift and Mary Wortley Montagu Extended commentary: Pope: The Rape of the Lock (1712-4) Pastoral/Anti-Pastoral Poetry: James Thomson, Oliver Goldsmith, George Crabbe and William Cowper Extended commentary: Crabbe, The Village (1783) The Novel, Part I: John Bunyan, Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson and Fanny Burney Extended commentary: Haywood, Fantomina (1725) The Novel Part II: Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, and Laurence Sterne Extended commentary: Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy (1759-67) Part Four: Critical theories and debates Man, Nature and Liberty Gender and Sexuality Trade, Colonial Expansion and Slavery A Culture of Print Part Five: References and resources Timeline Further reading Index
Series: York Notes Companions
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 14th June 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.7
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1