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Literature to 1900

Literature to 1900

Comprising many classics and influential texts, pre-1900 literature has had a great impact on what is written in the present, and how literature is studied.

Literature to 1900

2008 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Romanticism

A Sourcebook

A wide-ranging collection of the key contextual documents which inform the Romantic period. It includes material on fiercely debated areas such as the French Revolution, women, the slave trade, science and religion. Documents are supported by …

Editor:
Simon Bainbridge

2018 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Robert Browning: The Poems

This stimulating study takes a fresh look at Browning's poetry and key themes. Part I uses carefully selected extracts for close textual analysis, while Part II examines Browning's life, contexts and a sample of criticism. The volume is an ideal …

Author:
Dr. John Blades

2008 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Mary Shelley

Graham Allen provides both an introduction to and review of the critical responses to Mary Shelley's major fictions, from the Romantic period to the present day, while also pushing debates forward. The book moves beyond Frankenstein, presenting …

Author:
Graham Allen

2012 | Literature to 1900 | Book

The Rise of the Novel

Why have scholars located the emergence of the novel in eighteenth-century England? What historical forces and stylistic developments helped to turn a disreputable type of writing into an eminent literary form?

This Reader's Guide explores the key …

Author:
Nicholas Seager
Editor:
Nicolas Tredell

2016 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey/Persuasion

Northanger Abbey was one of Jane Austen's earliest manuscripts; Persuasion was her last. Published together in a single volume after her death, the two books differ widely. Northanger Abbey is a spirited, Gothic parody, while Persuasion has …

Author:
Enit Karafili Steiner
Editor:
Nicholas Tredell

2016 | Literature to 1900 | Book

An Introduction to Medieval English Literature

1300–1485

This is a comprehensive guide to a literary period characterized by great variety and imagination, and vividly alert to the social transformations overtaking society. Spanning almost two centuries, it introduces the reader to a diverse range of …

Author:
Anna Baldwin

2009 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

Sara Lodge offers a lively introduction to the critical history of one of the most widely-studied nineteenth-century novels, from the first reviews through to present day responses. The Guide also includes sections devoted to feminist, Marxist and …

Author:
Sara Lodge
Editor:
Nicolas Tredell

2009 | Literature to 1900 | Book

British Women Writers of the Romantic Period

An Anthology of their Literary Criticism

This timely anthology offers a broad selection of critical texts - introductions, prefaces, periodical essays, literary reviews - written by women of the Romantic era. The collection offers fuel for some of the most topical debates in British …

Editor:
Mary A. Waters

2010 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Beowulf

Of unknown authorship, Beowulf is an Old English epic poem which incites contentious debate and has been endlessly interpreted over the centuries. This Reader's Guide provides a much-needed overview of the large body of Beowulf criticism, moving …

Author:
Jodi-Anne George
Editor:
Nicolas Tredell

2009 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein

This study focuses on how Frankenstein works: how the story is told and why it is so rich and gripping. Part I uses carefully selected short extracts for close textual analysis, while Part II examines Shelley's life, the historical and literary …

Author:
Nicholas Marsh

2007 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Gothic Fiction

What is the Gothic? Few literary genres have attracted so much praise and critical disdain simultaneously. This Guide returns to the Gothic novel's first wave of popularity, between 1764 and 1820, to explore and analyse the full range of …

Author:
Angela Wright
Editor:
Nicolas Tredell

2013 | Literature to 1900 | Book

John Milton: Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost is for many the greatest poem written in English. Composed late in the author's life, it deals with nothing less than the destiny of mankind.

This essential introductory guide:
• leads the reader into the epic poem through detailed …

Author:
Mike Edwards

2015 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Charles Dickens: Hard Times/Bleak House

This stimulating study takes a fresh look at two of Dickens' most widely-studied texts. Part I uses carefully selected short extracts for close textual analysis, while Part II examines the historical and literary contexts and key criticism. The …

Author:
Nicholas Marsh

2013 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Jessica’s First Prayer and Froggy’s Little Brother

Jessica's First Prayer and Froggy's Little Brother are exemplars of the 'street arab' story, a genre that flourished in Victorian Britain in response to child poverty and destitution. This critical edition features the original texts of the first …

Author:
Elizabeth Thiel

2013 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Charles Dickens: David Copperfield / Great Expectations

David Copperfield and Great Expectations are among Charles Dickens's most famous novels. In both books, the hero tells the vivid and absorbing tale of his education by life, presents a rich range of characters and scenes, and tackles profound …

Author:
Nicolas Tredell

2007 | Literature to 1900 | Book

John Donne

John Donne is now a strong candidate for the most popular Renaissance writer after Shakespeare. What lies behind this longstanding and increasing popularity? Paying tribute to the living vitality of Donne's literary voice, and the kaleidoscope of …

Author:
Richard Sugg

2012 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Victorian Literature

A Sourcebook

An anthology of both familiar and previously unavailable primary texts that illuminate the world of nineteenth-century ideas. An expert team introduce and annotate a range of original social, cultural, political and historical documents necessary …

Editors:
John Plunkett, Ana Parejo Vadillo, Regenia Gagnier, Angelique Richardson, Rick Rylance, Paul Young

2016 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Medieval English Literature

This volume brings together a wide range of original, scholarly essays on key figures and topics in medieval literature by leading academics. The volume examines the major authors such as Chaucer, Langland and the Gawain Poet, and covers key …

Editor:
Beatrice Fannon

2017 | Literature to 1900 | Book

American Drama

In Dialogue, 1714-Present

An essential introductory textbook that guides students through three hundred years of American plays, as well as their remarkable engagement with texts from across the Atlantic. Divided into seven historical periods, Jacqueline Foertsch offers …

Author:
Jacqueline Foertsch

2007 | Literature to 1900 | Book

A Guidebook to Piers Plowman

William Langland's poem Piers Plowman is one of the most popular and widely-studied Middle English works. This comprehensive, readable guide leads the student chronologically through the entire text and is designed to be read alongside it.

Author:
Anna Baldwin