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History of Literature By Neil Grant

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This text encompasses all of the civilisations that have contributed to literary development. From Homer to science fiction, every movement is analysed and placed in its historical and geographical context with key writers and their works detailed.

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History of Literature by Neil Grant

The literary tradition has both documented and shaped human culture for centuries. This book encompasses all of the great civilisation that have contributed to literary development. From Homer to science fiction, every movement is analyzed and placed in its historical and geographical context. Each chapter includes not only a description of the social and cultural events that shaped the genres but also time-lines which give the reader a neat overview of the era. The key writers and their works are detailed, illuminated by quotes from the key-note works of the age.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Classical literature: the foundations of Western literature -Homer, Hesiod; classical Athens - Aristotle, Plato, Apuleius; Greek theatre - Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides; Roman literature - Cicero, Virgil, Horace, Juvenal; Latin - Tacitus, Plutarch. Part 2 The Middle Ages: Anglo-Saxon literature - Beosulf, Caedmon; myth and mystery - Arthurian and Icelandic sagas; Mediaeval Florence - Dante and Petrarch; the age of Chaucer. Part 3 Renaissance and early modern period: the Renaissance - Macchiavelli, Rabelias and More; the Elizabethan age - Kyd, Bacon and Montaigne; Shakespeare; Shakespeare's contemporaries - Marlowe, Jonson and King James bible; the 17th century - Webster and Tourneur; metaphysical poets - Donne, Marvell and Suckling; views of paradise - puritanism and paradise lost; classical drama in France - Corneille, Racine and Moliere; Restoration drama - Dryden, comedy of manners, Goldoni. Part 4 The rise of the novel: origins - Aesop, mediaeval tales and romances; Picaresque - Cervantes; the development of the novel in France - La Fontaine, Gil Blas and Manon Lescaut; Defoe and his times - Robinson Crusoe and Swift; the novel comes of age -Richardson, Fielding, Sterne and Laclos. Part 5 The age of Enlightenment: the philosophes - Descartes, Diderot and the Encyclopedie and Voltaire; Pope and his contemporaries - Gray, Cowper and Steele; Augustan prose - Walpole, Gibbon, Hume and Adam Smith; Robert Burns -Scottish literature, Hogg and Blackwood's magazine; the dictionary -Samuel Johnson, Roget. Part 6 Romanticism: the Romantic movement -Rousseau, Goethe, Schiller, Sturm und Drang; William Blake; the lyrical ballads - Wordsworth and Coleridge; young heroes - Keats, Shelley, Byron; critics and commentators - Coleridge, Hazlitt and De Quincey; the Gothic novel - Horace, Walpole, Mary Shelley; Sir Walter Scott. Part 7 The 19th century - poetry and drama: classicism and naturalism -overview of historical/social developments; French poets - Baudelaire, Verlaine, Malarme; Longfellow and his successors - Whittier, Poe, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson; the pre-Raphaelites - William Morris, the Rosettis; Tennyson and the Brownings; the legacy of Goethe - Hoffman, Holderlin, Heine, Grillparzer and Buchner; the birth of modern drama -Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw, Pinero; Oscar Wilde and the aesthetic movement - aestheticism (Pater), farce. Part 8 The 19th century - prose: the spread of literacy; the 19th century novel - proliferation of genres, serialization and the three-decker; Jane Austen; the novel in France - Stendahl, Dumas, Hugo, Balzac; the teeming world of Charles Dickens; entertainment plus social conscience - Thackeray, Trollope and Surtees; female novelists - Brontes, G. Elliot and Gaskell; Russian writers - Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. (Part contents).

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History of Literature by Neil Grant
Neil Grant
Hamlyn history
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