Provides a historical, cultural and intellectual background for the period 1603-1688, incorporating the Civil War and Restoration as well artistic works
- Clear, concise and manageable overview of seventeenth century literature, society and culture
- Excellent as an introductory text, focussing on both the political and social milieu as well as the artistic to give a broad overview
- Helpful chronology mapping historical events and suggesting further reading including websites and electronic resources.
Continuum's Introductions to British Literature and Culture series 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.
The guide to Seventeenth Century Literature and Culture provides students with the ideal introduction to literature and its context from 1603-1688, including:
- the historical, cultural and intellectual background including religion, politics and culture during the Civil War, Commonwealth and Restoration
- major writers and genres including John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell and John Milton - concise explanations of key terms needed to understand the literature and criticism
- key critical approaches from the eighteenth century to the present
- a chronology mapping historical events and literary works and further reading including websites and electronic resources.
James Daems currently teaches in the English Department at the University College of the Fraser Valley, Canada.
2. Historical, Cultural and Intellectual Context
2.1 Arts and Culture
2.2 Politics and Religion
2.3 Philosophy and Science
3. Literature in the Seventeenth Century
3.4 Literary Movements and Groups
4. Critical Approaches
4.1 Historical Overview
4.2 Key Issues and Debates
5. Resources for Independent Study
5.1 Chronology of key historical and cultural events
5.2 Glossary of key literary terms
5.3 References and Further Reading
"'[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 indispensable 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."
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