This is the second edition of English Literature in Context, a popular textbook which provides an essential resource and reference tool for all English literature students. Designed to accompany students throughout their degree course, it offers a detailed narrative survey of the diverse historical and cultural contexts that have shaped the development of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. Carefully structured for undergraduate use, the eight chronological chapters are written by a team of expert contributors who are also highly experienced teachers. Each chapter includes a detailed chronology, contextual readings of selected literary texts, annotated suggestions for further reading, a rich range of illustrations and textboxes, and thorough historical and literary overviews. This second edition has been comprehensively revised, with a new chapter on postcolonial literature, a substantially expanded chapter on contemporary literature, and the addition of over two hundred new critical references. Online resources include textboxes, chapter samples, study questions, and chronologies.
The second edition features a whole new chapter on postcolonial literature, a substantially expanded chapter on contemporary literature, revised illustrations and over two hundred new references, bringing the textbook up to date and taking into account the last fifteen years of scholarship
Recurring themes across chapters show how historical periods relate to each other, helping students understand the development of ideas, concepts, and movements
Designed to encourage students to do more further reading and use primary sources, explaining context and providing excerpts and specific references to give students the understanding, confidence and motivation needed to fully engage with further reading and primary sources
Detailed chronologies, textboxes and carefully chosen illustrations stimulate debate and enhance understanding, whilst online resources include textboxes, chapter samples, study questions, and chronologies