English Social and Cultural History: An Introductory Guide and Glossary
PHI Learning, 2005 M01 1 - 396 pages
This well-organized and accessible text provides a glimpse into the English life and culture, starting from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. As the English life and culture are inextricably interwoven with English literature and its myriad aspects, this study becomes so significant and useful for the students of English literature. The text begins with a description of English life and culture from the Medieval period to the Renaissance. The author gives a masterly analysis of such subjects as Feudalism, Medieval Drama and literature, the Renaissance, the Reformation and most significantly, the Elizabethan Theatre. Then the text goes on to describe in detail about the Restoration Period and the Age of Reason. Besides, the book gives a wealth of information on important topics like Romanticism, the Industrial Revolution, Victorianism and Victorian literature. The text concludes with a chapter that deals on Modernism, Literature and Culture in the Postmodern World, and Aspects of Contemporary Culture and Society. What distinguishes the text is the provision of a Glossary at the end of each chapter, which gives not only the meaning and definition of the terms but also provides the entire cultural background and the history that these terms are associated with. Students of English literature-both undergraduate honours and postgraduate students-will find this book highly informative, enlightening, and refreshing in its style. In addition, all those who have an abiding interest in English life and culture will find reading this text a stimulating and rewarding experience.
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