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British Literature I Anthology: From the Middle Ages to Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century

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Bonnie Robinson

Laura Getty

Pub Date: 2018

ISBN 13: 9781940771281

Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Christina Francis, Associate Professor, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on 3/13/19

I was surprised to see a lack of any sonnets from Sidney, Spenser, or Shakespeare in the Tudor section of the anthology. In the 18th century section, I would have included Swift's "the Lady's Dressing Room," especially because Montagu's reply is... read more

 

Reviewed by Christopher Fee, Professor, Gettysburg College on 3/11/19

The range of texts offered in this compilation is relatively good, with some notable exceptions: Margery Kemp, for example, is traditionally taught in tandem with Julian of Norwich; although all anthologies must make difficult choices in this... read more

 

Reviewed by Alexis Butzner, Instructor, Chemeketa Community College on 3/3/19

The editors have done an admirable job of selecting key authors from each period, though some notables absences remain (for instance, significant female authors like Margery Kempe, Lady Mary Wroth, Katherine Phillips). The choice to include full... read more

 

Reviewed by Terry Riley, Professor of English, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on 1/26/19

The selection is comprehensive: predictable but extensive, at about twice the length of the corresponding volume in the Norton Anthology series. There is no index nor any glossaries. read more

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Black, Lecturer, Boise State University on 1/5/19

This anthology contains a good collection of major texts from British literature from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century. Most of the most commonly-taught texts are included, along with helpful introductory essays for each section and... read more

 

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Middle Ages

  • 1.1 Learning Outcomes
  • 1.2 Introduction
  • 1.3 Recommended Reading
  • 1.4 The Dream of the Rood
  • 1.5 Beowulf
  • 1.6 Judith
  • 1.7 The Wanderer
  • 1.8 The Wife's Lament
  • 1.9 The Venerable Bede
  • 1.10 Anglo-Saxon Riddles
  • 1.11 Marie de France
  • 1.12 Middle English Lyrics
  • 1.13 Geoffrey Chaucer
  • 1.14 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • 1.15 Julian of Norwich
  • 1.16 The Second Shepherds' Play
  • 1.17 Sir Thomas Malory
  • 1.18 Everyman
  • 1.19 Key Terms

Part Two: The Tudor Age (1485-1603)

  • 2.1 Learning Outcomes
  • 2.2 Introduction
  • 2.3 Recommended Reading
  • 2.4 Thomas More
  • 2.5 Thomas Wyatt
  • 2.6 Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
  • 2.7 Queen Elizabeth
  • 2.8 Edmund Spenser
  • 2.9 Sir Walter Raleigh
  • 2.10 Sir Philip Sidney
  • 2.11 Mary (Sidney) Herbert, Countess of Pembroke
  • 2.12 Christopher Marlowe
  • 2.13 William Shakespeare
  • 2.14 Key Terms

Part 3: The Seventeenth Century: The Age of Revolution (1603-1688)

  • 3.1 Learning Outcomes
  • 3.2 Introduction
  • 3.3 Recommended Reading
  • 3.4 John Donne
  • 3.5 Aemilia Lanyer
  • 3.6 Ben Jonson
  • 3.7 Robert Herrick
  • 3.8 Andrew Marvell
  • 3.9 Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle
  • 3.10 John Milton
  • 3.11 John Dryden
  • 3.12 Samuel Pepys
  • 3.13 Key Terms

Part 4: Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century (1603-1688)

  • 4.1 Learning Outcomes
  • 4.2 Introduction
  • 4.3 Recommended Reading
  • 4.4 Aphra Behn
  • 4.5 William Congreve
  • 4.6 Daniel Defoe
  • 4.7 Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea
  • 4.8 Jonathan Swift
  • 4.9 Alexander Pope
  • 4.10 Henry Fielding
  • 4.11 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
  • 4.12 Samuel Johnson
  • 4.13 James Boswell
  • 4.14 Olaudah Equiano
  • 4.15 Key Terms

About the Book

The University of North Georgia Press and Affordable Learning Georgia bring you British Literature I: From the Middle Ages to Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century. Featuring over 50 authors and full texts of their works, this anthology follows the shift of monarchic to parliamentarian rule in Britain, and the heroic epic to the more egalitarian novel as genre.

Features:

  • Original introductions to The Middle Ages; The Sixteenth Century: The Tudor Age; The Seventeenth Century: The Age of Revolution; and Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century
  • Over 100 historical images
  • Instructional Design, including Reading and Review Questions and Key Terms
  • Forthcoming ancillary with open-enabled pedagogy, allowing readers to contribute to the project

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

About the Contributors

Editors

Bonnie J. (B.J.) Robinson, Ph.D., is the Director of the University of North Georgia Press and a professor of English at the University of North Georgia. She has published scholarly works on late Victorian literature and Creative Writing pedagogy and served on the editorial boards of Turn-of-the-Century Women, The Walter Pater Newsletter, and The William Morris Newsletter. Dr. Robinson has won several publishing grants, including a National Endowment for the Humanities digital start-up grant on digital publishing in the Humanities.

Laura J. Getty, Ph.D., is a professor of English at the University of North Georgia. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at The Pennsylvania State University, and her areas of specialization are medieval literature, world literature, and mythology. Dr. Getty was the editor-in-chief of Compact Anthology of World Literature and a contributing editor for World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650, both with the UNG Press.