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Short Oxford History of English Literature


Third Edition

Andrew Sanders

19 August 2004

ISBN: 9780199263387

768 pages

In Stock

Price: £37.49


The Short Oxford History of English Literature is the most comprehensive and scholarly history of English literature on the market. It offers an introductory guide to the literature of the British Isles from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day in eleven chapters covering all the major periods of English literature chronologically. Professor Sanders provides detailed analysis of the major writers and their works and examines the impact of British literature on contemporary political, social and intellectual developments.

This third edition has been revised and updated for a 21st century reader, incorporating discussion of a greater number of female and contemporary authors.

  • The most comprehensive and scholarly history of English Literature on the market.
  • Explores the full range of English literature from Anglo-Saxon through to the present day
  • Now revised and updated for the twenty-first century reader

New to this edition

  • Additional material on female writers such as Marjory Kempe and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
  • New entries on contemporary authors including Malcolm Lowry, Patrick O'Brien, Colm Toibin and Matthew Kneale
  • Revised and updated bibliography

About the Author(s)

Andrew Sanders, Andrew Sanders is Professor of English at the University of Durham

Table of Contents

    Poets' Corners: The Development of a Canon of English Literature
    1:Old English Literature
    2:Medieval Literature
    3:Renaissance and Reformation: Literature 1510-1620
    4:Revolution and Restoration: Literature 1620-1690
    5:Eighteenth-Century Literature 1690-1780
    6:The Literature of the Romantic Period
    7:High Victorian Literature
    8:Late Victoria and Edwardian Literature 1880-1920
    9:Modernism and its Alternatives: Literature 1920-1945
    10:Post-War and Post-Modern Literature


Review from previous edition 'A very fine, enlightening, introductory, single-volume text'. - Ron Vaverka at Orebro University in Sweden

'Informative, accurate, brilliantly comprehensive, the author manages to survey an incredible array of texts while providing a thoughtful resume and analysis of particular works. I really enjoyed reading this book!' - Jim McKusick at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

'The book manages to do a very large number of things very intelligently and gracefully...I look forward to seeing the third edition and to being able to recommend it to students'. - John Sitter at Emory University

'One of the major reasons I recommend the text'. (On Sanders' writing style) - Jane Dowson at De Montford

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