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British Literature: A Historical Overview, Volume A 

British Literature: A Historical Overview, Volume A

Edited by: Joseph Black et al.

Publication Date: June 15, 2010
256pp • Paperback / PDF
ISBN: 9781554810017 / 1554810019
Volume: A

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This volume is ideally suited for use as a companion volume in survey courses where the instructor has decided against using a large anthology. It provides an overview of British literature in its social and historical context from the Anglo-Saxon period through the eighteen century. It traces literary developments in all genres, and touches as well on key developments in the history of the language and the history of print culture. It also provides essential historical background for those unfamiliar with the unfolding of British political, social, economic, and cultural history during these periods. Included are a wide variety of illustrations, 24 of which are color plates.

The material for British Literature: A Historical Overview has been drawn from the general introductions to the six volumes of the acclaimed Broadview Anthology of British Literature. A Historical Overview, Volume B is also available; this covers the age of Romanticism through the twentieth century and beyond.

General Editors:

Joseph Black, University of Massachusetts

Leonard Conolly, Trent University

Kate Flint, Rutgers University

Isobel Grundy, University of Alberta

Don LePan, Broadview Press

Roy Liuzza, University of Tennessee

Jerome J. McGann, University of Virginia

Anne Lake Prescott, Barnard College

Barry V. Qualls, Rutgers University

Claire Waters, University of California, Davis

Comments (on The Broadview Anthology of British Literature):

"... an exciting achievement ... It sets a new standard by which all other anthologies of British literature will now have to be measured." - Graham Hammill, University of Notre Dame

"...I am very impressed. ... A wealth of cultural and historical information is provided. ... The introductions show subtle expertise.... The editors bring English literary tradition to life." - Wendy Nielsen, Montclair State University

Special Combination Price: This title may be shrink-wrapped with British Literature: A Historical Overview, Volume B for the discounted price of $34.95. To order this package, please contact customerservice@broadviewpress.com.

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Introduction to the Medieval Period

Introduction to the Renaissance and Early Seventeenth Century

Introduction to the Restoration and Eighteenth Century



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British Literature: A Historical Overview, Volume A

2010 • 256pp • Paperback • 9781554810017 / 1554810019

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Broadview Press acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund, and also acknowledges the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Freehand Books, an imprint of Broadview, acknowledges the support of the Canadian Council of the Arts.