The Routledge History of Literature in English: Britain and Ireland

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Psychology Press, 1997 - History - 584 pages
This bestselling guide to the developments in the history of British and Irish literature uniquely charts the main features of literary language development, highlights key language topics and spans over 1,000 years of literary history.This new guide to the main developments in the history of British and Irish Literature uniquely charts some of the main features of literary language development and highlights key language topics. Clearly structured and highly readable, unlike traditional histories of literature it spans over a thousand years of literary history from AD 600 to the present day. It emphasizes the growth of literary writing, its traditions, conventions and changing characteristics, and includes literature from the margins, both geographical and cultural.Key features of the book are:* an up-to-date guide to the major periods of literature in English in Britain and Ireland* extensive coverage of post-1945 literature* language notes spanning AD 600 to the present* extensive quotations from poetry, prose and drama* a timeline of the important historical and political eventsThis will be essential reading for all students of English literature and language.

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