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Middle English Literature

Douglas Gray

in A Century of British Medieval Studies

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263952
eISBN:
9780191734083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263952.003.0017
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter examines the history and developments in the study of middle English literature in Great Britain during the twentieth century. At the beginning of the twentieth century the newly founded ... More


Virginia Woolf and the Literature of the English Renaissance

Alice Fox

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198129882
eISBN:
9780191671876
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129882.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This book examines the profound effect, on a major critic and novelist of the twentieth century, of the period of English literature's greatest glory, the Renaissance. Beginning in the sixteenth ... More


The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture, 1860--1930

Meredith Martin

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152738
eISBN:
9781400842193
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152738.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Why do we often teach English poetic meter by the Greek terms iamb and trochee? How is our understanding of English meter influenced by the history of England's sense of itself in the nineteenth ... More


The Failure of Gothic: Problems of Disjunction in an Eighteenth-Century Literary Form

Elizabeth R. Napier

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128601
eISBN:
9780191671678
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128601.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This book is an examination of narrative conventions in one of the most popular and controversial of the 18th-century English literary genres. The vogue of the Gothic in the latter decades of the ... More


Language, Literature, and Ethnic Identity

HUGH M. THOMAS

in The English and the Normans: Ethnic Hostility, Assimilation, and Identity 1066-c.1220

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199251230
eISBN:
9780191719134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251230.003.0023
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

For many 19th- and 20th-century theorists and activists, language was crucial to nationalism. Scholars suggest that the linguistic effects of the Norman conquest constituted an important though ... More


Teaching English Literature

Richard Terry

in Poetry and the Making of the English Literary Past: 1660-1781

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186236
eISBN:
9780191718557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186236.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter discusses the permeation, rather than the construction, of ideas about English literature. It examines how far-flung, outside the metropolitan literati and the higher ranks of society, ... More


Petrarch in Britain: Interpreters, Imitators, and Translators over 700 years

Martin McLaughlin, Letizia Panizza, and Peter Hainsworth (eds)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264133
eISBN:
9780191734649
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Petrarch was Italy's second most famous writer (after Dante), and indeed from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries he was much better known and more influential in English literature than Dante. ... More


Minorities against English Studies: The 1930s

David Johnson

in Shakespeare and South Africa

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183150
eISBN:
9780191673955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183150.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter shows that the figure of the Victorian gentleman critic casts a long shadow over English criticism in the twentieth century, and that all critics writing after World War I define ... More


The Organisation of Literary Knowledge: The Study of English in the Late Nineteenth Century

Carol Atherton

in The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263266
eISBN:
9780191734854
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263266.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter discusses the emergence of English as an academic subject in the nineteenth century. It demonstrates how the early degree courses in English literature at a number of English ... More


English

D. J. Palmer

in The History of the University of Oxford: Volume VII: Nineteenth-Century Oxford, Part 2

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199510177
eISBN:
9780191700972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199510177.003.0016
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Although English Literature was first included among the subjects for the pass examination in 1873, and English Language and Literature was introduced in the special examinations for women in 1881, ... More


The Finishing Touches

Edwin L. Battistella

in Do You Make These Mistakes in English?: The Story of Sherwin Cody's Famous Language School

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195367126
eISBN:
9780199867356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367126.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

Chapter Seven takes up Cody's advice on literature and book culture, connecting these to early 20th century self‐improvement views.


Shakespeare and South Africa

David Johnson

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183150
eISBN:
9780191673955
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183150.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This book is a study of the teaching and criticism of William Shakespeare in South Africa from the early nineteenth century to the present day, covering a number of key historical moments in the ... More


The Alfredian Project and its Aftermath: Rethinking the Literary History of the Ninth and Tenth Centuries: Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture

MALCOLM GODDEN

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 162, 2008 Lectures

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264584
eISBN:
9780191734069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264584.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This lecture presents the text of the speech about the Alfredian project and its aftermath delivered by the author at the 2008 Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture held at the British Academy. It ... More


The Social Function of Literature: 1800–1850

David Johnson

in Shakespeare and South Africa

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183150
eISBN:
9780191673955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183150.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter deals with two related issues associated with the public lectures and literary journals at the Cape in the first half of the nineteenth century. First, it reflects on the origins in ... More


The Loss of Literature: 1066

Christopher Cannon

in The Grounds of English Literature

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199230396
eISBN:
9780191696459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230396.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter describes ‘the events of 1066’ and the consequences of that cataclysm to literature. The first section provides a description of the histories pertaining to ‘1066’ and suggests that the ... More


Reforming the Word and the words of the Irish, 1537–1607

Tony Crowley

in Wars of Words: The Politics of Language in Ireland 1537-2004

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199273430
eISBN:
9780191706202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273430.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter gives an of the beginnings of linguistic colonialism proper in Ireland under Henry VIII, and the consolidation and hardening of the policy under Elizabeth I and James I. Central to the ... More


Travelling Theory: To the Present

David Johnson

in Shakespeare and South Africa

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183150
eISBN:
9780191673955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183150.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter deals with Shakespeare criticism and radical critical theory and explores how this radical theory has travelled to South Africa in the last 25 years. It is based on the conviction that ... More


Myths of Origin: The Canon of Pre-Chaucerian Poetry

Richard Terry

in Poetry and the Making of the English Literary Past: 1660-1781

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186236
eISBN:
9780191718557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186236.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Since long before the English Augustan era, it had been a commonplace that English literature began in the age of Geoffrey Chaucer, either through his offices or, more rarely, through those of his ... More


Writing Under Tyranny: Wyatt, Surrey, and the Reinvention of English Poetry

Greg Walker

in Writing Under Tyranny: English Literature and the Henrician Reformation

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199283330
eISBN:
9780191712630
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283330.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter explores the poetic innovations introduced or imported into England by Wyatt and Surrey in their attempts to discover new ways of writing political verse under Henry VIII’s tyranny. It ... More


Minority Culture and the Penguin Public

Christopher Hilliard

in English as a Vocation: The 'Scrutiny' Movement

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199695171
eISBN:
9780199949946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695171.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines the engagement of Scrutiny contributors and F. R. Leavis's pupils with wider publics. F. R. Leavis's idea of ‘minority culture’ was not simply ‘elitist’ but envisioned a chain ... More


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