[KINDLE] ✾ A History of English Literature (Foundations) By Michael Alexander – Ormskirkremovals.co.uk

A History of English Literature (Foundations) A History Of English Literature Has Received Exceptional Reviews Tracing The Development Of One Of The World S Richest Literatures From The Old English Period Through To The Present Day, The Narrative Discusses A Wide Range Of Key Authors But Never Loses Its Clarity Or Verve Building On The Book S Established Reputation And Success, The Third Edition Has Been Revised And Updated Throughout It Now Provides A Full Final Chapter On The Contemporary Scene, With On Genres And The Impact Of GlobalizationFeatures Of This Best Selling Book Include A Helpful Overview Of Each Chapter Boxed Biographies Of Authors, And Tables Of Publications And Historical Events On Page Definitions Of Important Terms And Concepts Suggestions For Further Reading At The End Of Each Chapter To Aid Study Portraits Of Authors, Illustrations, Maps And An IndexA History Of English Literature Remains The Essential Companion For Anyone Wishing To Follow The Unfolding Of Writing In England From Its Beginnings It Is Ideal For Those Who Know A Few Landmark Texts, But Little Of The Literary Landscape That Surrounds Them Those Who Want To Know What English Literature Consists Of And Those Who Simply Want To Read Its Fascinating Story


10 thoughts on “A History of English Literature (Foundations)

  1. says:

    Not only is this book unstructured and opaque, it completely rejects the idea of objectivity Alexander than once blatantly shows favouritism with expressions as explicitly as calling works bad or praising authors as the best of their kind The remark that contemporary poetry cannot reach greatness, speaks of a bitter old man and is the last in a string of unprofessional instances The works chosen are reviewed, instead of presented and the book is filled with strange commentaries, such as on whether or not homosexuality is natural Not only completely off topic but also not based on scientific evidence and a strange obsession over authors Christianity If this book were presented as a collection of reviews, one could maybe turn a blind eye to the inconsistent subdivisions and in paragraph topic chances Maybe But it is presented as a historic, scientific and academic overview and is, therefore, a shame to its kind.


  2. says:

    Trekt op niks Stop met literatuur saai te maken Op uwen ivoren toren Je verpest het.


  3. says:

    Ongoing discussion among students is yet to disclose whether this tome is meant as a practical joke or a serious attempt at writing sound literary history If the latter is the case, I must say Mr Alexander has failed miserably A loose collection of unfounded criticism rather than a historical survey of English literature, this work fails to provide the reader even with basic insight in the characterising features of the literary periods discussed Moreover, the author makes use of an opaque set of terminology including vague judgements such as serious novels of Character and Environment or, about Orwell, a better journalist than a writer At no point does he feel the need to spell out their meaning Frequently, an author or topic is introduced only for the discussion to be interrupted by the treatment of another writer, after which Michael comes back to the first author under discussion If this book wants to be what it purports it is a literary history useful to all students of English it needs thorough revision.


  4. says:

    If you need a general overview of authors important throughout English history, this is a good enough book If you need a general overview of literary periods and you expect explanations on what was central to which period, this book is not the right one as opposed to that you ll be faced with endless biographies and brief history lessons On top of that, although the book is well divided into periods, genres and authors, the author has a tendency to jump from one point to another To give a brief example of this, the last author handled in Chapter 13 is Sean O Casey In the 22 lines that constitute this section, a mere seven are spent talking about him and his plays In the remaining space, he talks about Auden founding a Group Theatre, with little to no rhyme or reason to how this relates to O Casey Auden himself was already spoken about earlier on in the book It s a generally enjoyable read, and it does give a nice overview of all the different authors and their works but as a history of literature as a whole, it fails in delivering a good enough explanation on what makes the different literary periods what they are Works are instead described with sometimes subjective terms such as powerful , or described to be humorous or satiric without any explanation of how this relates to the literary period they are part of, or sometimes even how to understand these terms humor in 19th century realism is a different beast than humor in say the 14th century work The Canterbury Tales Depending on your intentions for reading this book, it ll either be a decent enough read or an utter disappointment.


  5. says:

    I d recommend this for people who are interested in learning about selected works and authors of English literature However, for someone like me, who has to study for a detailed reading list exam and needs actual facts about the different literary periods, this is definitely the wrong book.


  6. says:

    Best comprehensive english lit book I ve ever had the opportunity to reference Hoping to buy a copy in the future.


  7. says:

    Very well written , go for it if u are preparing for NET exam or PGT


  8. says:

    Fairly brief, highly readable, enjoyable I read the first edition I suppose it represents a mainstream late 20th century British consensus.


  9. says:

    This was brilliant Putting my favourite literature and other important works into geographical, political and historical context was actually interesting and less dull than it sounds


  10. says:

    Best book for reading about all the eras centuries in one place Its reader friendly quite interesting One of those books which helped me a lot in my uni days


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