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British Literature II: Romantic Era to the Twentieth Century and Beyond

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Bonnie J. Robinson

Copyright Year: 2018

ISBN 13: 9781940771113

Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Danielle Price, Assistant Professor, James Madison University on 2/27/21

No perfect anthology for the British literature survey course exists. For English majors, I have used the Longman Anthology of British Literature (Volumes 2A -2C) as well as The Broadview Anthology of British Literature (From 1945 to the... read more

Reviewed by Nicole Lobdell, Assistant Professor of English, DePauw University on 1/7/21

I've used both Norton and Broadview anthologies to teach the British Literature II survey course (Romantics to Present) and I really wanted to like this anthology so that I could offer students a free alternative. However, after reviewing the... read more

Reviewed by Matthew Davis, Assistant Professor, General Faculty, University of Virginia on 12/13/20

All of the major authors I would expect to see are included. There are quite a few women authors included (e.g., A. L. Barbauld, C. Smith, E. Bronte, C, Rossetti, E. B. Browning, G. Eliot, V. Woolf). However, there are many fewer selections for... read more

Reviewed by John Lynch, Adjunct Professor Communications/English, Worcester State University on 5/26/20

I just got through a semester using the Broadview Anthology of British Literature Concise, Volume B, Second Edition. This book was expensive for students. Robinson's text has the same material I used during the semester. read more

Reviewed by Scott Banville, Associate Professor, Nicholls State University on 4/29/19

For an anthology of British Literature it isn't very comprehensive. Even within the canonical authors the selections are slim and at times a bit bewildering. None of the poetry or prose sections have any footnotes that would help student readers... read more

Reviewed by Kathleen Chamberlain, Professor, Department of English, Emory and Henry College on 3/26/19

The text covers canonical main authors of the periods, but the scope of the volume means that even canonical coverage is necessarily sketchy. The "Twentieth Century and Beyond" is particularly thin, especially after the Modern period, when the... read more

Reviewed by Lexey Bartlett, Associate Professor, Fort Hays State University on 11/30/18

Comprehensiveness is the main difficulty with this text, partly because of copyright restrictions, but also because of the scope of this kind of undertaking. As I noted in another section of this review, "The structure of the sections is... read more

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Romantic Era

  • 1.1 Romanticism in Literature
  • 1.2 Historical Context
  • 1.3 Recommended Reading
  • 1.4 Anna Laetitia Barbauld
  • 1.5 Charlotte Smith
  • 1.6 William Blake
  • 1.7 William Wordsworth
  • 1.8 Dorothy Wordsworth
  • 1.9 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • 1.10 George Gordon, Lord Byron
  • 1.11 Perey Bysshe Shelley
  • 1.12 Felicia Dorothea Hemans
  • 1.13 John Keats
  • 1.14 Mary Shelley

Part 2: The Victorian Age

  • 2.1 The Victorian Movement in Literature
  • 2.2 Historical Context
  • 2.3 Recommended Reading
  • 2.4 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • 2.5 Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • 2.6 Robert Browning
  • 2.7 Emily Bronte
  • 2.8 George Eliot
  • 2.9 Matthew Arnold
  • 2.10 Charles Dickens
  • 2.11 Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • 2.12 Christina Rossetti
  • 2.13 William Morris
  • 2.14 Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • 2.15 Oscar Wilde
  • 2.16 Rudyard Kipling

Part 3: The Twentieth Century and Beyond

  • 3.1 Modernism and Postmodernism as Literary Movements
  • 3.2 Historical Context
  • 3.3. Recommended Reading
  • 3.4 Joseph Conrad
  • 3.5 William Butler Yeats
  • 3.6 Virginia Woolf
  • 3.7 James Joyce
  • 3.8 D. H. Lawrence
  • 3.9 T.S. Eliot
  • 3.10 Stevie Smith
  • 3.11 Samuel Beckett
  • 3.12 Doris Lessing
  • 3.13 Fleur Adcock
  • 3.14 Anita Desai
  • 3.15 Seamus Heaney
  • 3.16 Salman Rushdie

Ancillary Material

About the Book

The University of North Georgia Press and Affordable Learning Georgia bring you British Literature II: Romantic Era to the Twentieth Century and Beyond.

Featuring 37 authors and full texts of their works, the selections in this open anthology represent the literature developed within and developing through their respective eras. This completely-open anthology will connect students to the conversation of literature that has captivated readers in the past and still holds us now.


  • Contextualizing introductions to the Romantic era; the Victorian era; and the Twentieth Century and beyond
  • Over 90 historical images
  • In-depth biographies of each author
  • Instructional Design features, including Reading and Review Questions

This textbook is an Open Educational Resource. It can be reused, remixed, and reedited freely without seeking permission.

About the Contributors


Bonnie J. Robinson, Ph.D., University of North Georgia