English Literature

  1. Alexander, Michael: A History of English Literature (Palgrave Foundations Series) Paperback – 30 Jan 2013


A History of English Literature has received exceptional reviews. Tracing the development of one of the world’s richest literatures from the Old English period through to the present day, the narrative discusses a wide range of key authors but never loses its clarity or verve.

Building on the book’s established reputation and success, the third edition has been revised and updated throughout. It now provides a full final chapter on the contemporary scene, with more on genres and the impact of globalization.

Features of this best-selling book include:
• a helpful overview of each chapter
• boxed biographies of authors, and tables of publications and historical events
• on-page definitions of important terms and concepts
• suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter to aid study
• portraits of authors, illustrations, maps and an index.

A History of English Literature remains the essential companion for anyone wishing to follow the unfolding of writing in England from its beginnings. It is ideal for those who know a few landmark texts, but little of the literary landscape that surrounds them; those who want to know what English literature consists of; and those who simply want to read its fascinating story.

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2. Magennis, Hugh: The Cambridge Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Literature (Cambridge Introductions to Literature) Paperback – 16 Jun 2011


An approachable and stimulating introduction to Anglo-Saxon literature, this book provides indispensable guidance for students on this important and rewarding area of literary studies. The chapters are clearly organized by topic and significant attention is paid to key individual works, including Beowulf, The Seafarer and writings by Bede. All textual quotations are translated into Modern English, with the original language texts carefully explained. The Introduction synthesizes and develops dominant approaches to Anglo-Saxon literature today, integrating Old English and Latin traditions, and placing the literature in larger historical and theoretical contexts. The structure, style and layout are attractive and user-friendly, including illustrative figures and textboxes, and Magennis provides guidance on resources for studying Anglo-Saxon literature, informing the reader of opportunities for investigating the subject further. Overall, the book enables a thorough understanding and appreciation of artful and eloquent works from a distant past, which still speak powerfully to people today.

Paperback: 232 pages

Publisher: Cambridge University Press (16 Jun. 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0521734657

ISBN-13: 978-0521734653

Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.8 cm

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3. Gay, Penna: The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare’s Comedies (Cambridge Introductions to Literature) Paperback – 7 Apr 2008


Why did theatre audiences laugh in Shakespeare’s day? Why do they still laugh now? What did Shakespeare do with the conventions of comedy that he inherited, so that his plays continue to amuse and move audiences? What do his comedies have to say about love, sex, gender, power, family, community, and class? What place have pain, cruelty, and even death in a comedy? Why all those puns? In a survey that travels from Shakespeare’s earliest experiments in farce and courtly love-stories to the great romantic comedies of his middle years and the mould-breaking experiments of his last decade’s work, this book addresses these vital questions. Organised thematically, and covering all Shakespeare’s comedies from the beginning to the end of his career, it provides readers with a map of the playwright’s comic styles, showing how he built on comedic conventions as he further enriched the possibilities of the genre.

Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (7 April 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0521672694
ISBN-13: 978-0521672696
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.8 cm

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4. Dillon, Jeanette: The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare’s Tragedies (Cambridge Introductions to Literature) Paperback – 8 Mar 2007


Macbeth clutches an imaginary dagger; Hamlet holds up Yorick’s skull; Lear enters with Cordelia in his arms. Do these memorable and iconic moments have anything to tell us about the definition of Shakespearean tragedy? Is it in fact helpful to talk about ‘Shakespearean tragedy’ as a concept, or are there only Shakespearean tragedies? What kind of figure is the tragic hero? Is there always such a figure? What makes some plays more tragic than others? Beginning with a discussion of tragedy before Shakespeare and considering Shakespeare’s tragedies chronologically one by one, this 2007 book seeks to investigate such questions in a way that highlights both the distinctiveness and shared concerns of each play within the broad trajectory of Shakespeare’s developing exploration of tragic form.

Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (8 Mar. 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0521674921
ISBN-13: 978-0521674928
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.8 cm

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5. Chernaik, Waren: The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare’s History Plays (Cambridge Introductions to Literature) Paperback – 25 Oct 2007


Shakespeare’s history plays, as fresh today as when they were written, are based upon the assumption that time is not simply a destroyer but a preserver, and that ‘examples past’ might enable us to understand the present and anticipate the future. This lively 2007 study examines the continuing tradition of Shakespeare’s history plays in stage and film productions as well as giving an account of the critical debate on these plays. Following two introductory chapters giving essential background on the genre, the English history plays are discussed in turn, bringing out the distinctive characteristics of each play: the three early Henry VI plays; the perennial stage favourite Richard III; King John; Richard II; Henry IV 1 and 2, famous for the character of Falstaff; Henry V, which is treated very differently in the film versions by Olivier and Branagh; and Henry VIII. An invaluable introduction to these fascinating and complex plays.

Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (25 Oct. 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0521671205
ISBN-13: 978-0521671200
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.8 cm

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6. Head, Domenic: The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Fiction, 1950-2000 (Cambridge Introductions to Literature) Paperback – 7 Mar 2002


In this introduction to post-war fiction in Britain, Dominic Head shows how the novel yields a special insight into the important areas of social and cultural history in the second half of the twentieth century. Head’s study is the most exhaustive survey of post-war British fiction available. It includes chapters on the state and the novel, class and social change, gender and sexual identity, national identity and multiculturalism. Throughout Head places novels in their social and historical context. He highlights the emergence and prominence of particular genres and links these developments to the wider cultural context. He also provides provocative readings of important individual novelists, particularly those who remain staple reference points in the study of the subject. Accessible, wide-ranging and designed specifically for use on courses, this is the most current introduction to the subject available. An invaluable resource for students and teachers alike.

Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (7 Mar. 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0521669669
ISBN-13: 978-0521669665
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.8 cm

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7. Greenblatt, Crist, David, Lewalski and Lipking: The Norton Anthology of English Literature: A,B,C Paperback – 3 Apr 2012


The Ninth Edition offers more complete works and more teachable groupings than ever before, the apparatus you trust, and a new, free Supplemental Ebook with more than 1,000 additional texts. Read by more than 8 million students, The Norton Anthology of English Literature sets the standard and remains an unmatched value.

Paperback: 3216 pages

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 9th Revised edition edition (3 April 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0393913007

ISBN-13: 978-0393913002

Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 8.4 x 23.4 cm

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8. Greenblatt, Crist, David, Lewalski and Lipking: The Norton Anthology of English Literature: D,E,F Paperback – 3 Apr 2012


Paperback: 3 pages

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 9th Revised edition edition (3 April 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0393913015

ISBN-13: 978-0393913019

Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 8.6 x 23.9 cm

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