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Eighteenth-century Literature and Culture by Paul Goring

Eighteenth-century Literature and Culture

Part of the Introductions to British Literature and Culture S. Series


Eighteenth-century Literature and Culture by Paul Goring

This guide to eighteenth-century literature and culture provides students with the ideal introduction to literature and its context from 1688-1789, including: the historical, cultural and intellectual background including the expansion of cultural production and the growth of 'print culture'; major writers, genres and groups; concise explanations of key terms needed to understand the literature and criticism; an overview of key critical approaches; and a chronology mapping historical events and literary works and further reading including websites and electronic resources. Introductions to British Literature and Culture provide practical guides to key literary periods. Guides in the series help to orientate students as they begin a new module or area of study, providing concise information on the historical, cultural, literary and critical context and acting as an initial map of the knowledge needed to study the literature and culture of a specific period. Each guide includes an overview of the historical period, intellectual contexts, major genres, critical approaches and a guide to original research and resource materials in the area, enabling students to progress confidently to further study.


'This looks excellent; I shall look forward to seeing the first texts.' - Jennifer Nicholson, University of Newcastle '[this] series offers both the student reader and teacher exciting and invaluable interventions in and reorientations around questions of history, culture, and period ... With brio, verve, and an admirable brevity, the series grounds our understanding of literature and culture in thought-provoking and highly original ways. ... an indispensible series that will set the benchmark for all such surveys and overviews.' - Julian Wolfreys, Professor of Victorian Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Florida. 'this is a book which we would like our first years to have read - a guide which gives the information without which a student would be entirely at sea.' - Professor Lisa Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University (from proposal) 'your new series looks interesting and timely' - Professor Elaine Treharne, University of Leicester (Chair of the English Association) '[these guides will] provide what students really want/need to know when they begin a module, in a way that makes sense before they've done the module itselfathe lack of this has really been my problem with survey books for students already on the market' - Leigh Wilson, University of Westminster (from proposal) Mentioned in list of new books out in Times Higher Educational Supplement, 24 January 2008 'Concept looks good ... I like the idea... they should do very well'
Lee Morgan, Head of Sales at Compass

--Lee Morgan, Head of Sales at Compass With focuses on the many writers of the era and their common techniques, enhanced with a chronology of world history's major writings, Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture is a top pick for anyone who wants to educate themselves on the era and for community library literary studies collections. -Midwest Book Review--Sanford Lakoff . ..does just what it sets out to do, giving a general account of the policy and society, religion, philosophy, arts and culture of the period...before discussing the literature...indicates the kinds of interests current in studies of eighteenth century literature...makes navigation of the topics straightforward...extremely an account of the drama of the period, which will enable students to see where any particular play that they are studying fits in...the balance between generalisation and particular details is well-managed...will help students get their bearings...on the whole the picture is well drawn and the book will be useful to any beginning student of the period or to an A level student looking for a sense of cultural context. It's worth having copies in the sixth form and English department libraries. The Use of English, Summer 2009--Sanford Lakoff Briefly reviewed in the Year's work in English Studies journal, vol 89, No. 1 'The chapter on 'Critical Approaches
particularly useful, as it gives an overview of current critical debates, and there is also a helpful glossary of literary terms and concepts


About the Author

Paul Goring is Senior Lecturer in English at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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Publication date

24th January 2008


Paul Goring

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


160 pages


Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800



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