British and Irish Literature and Its Times: The Victorian Era to the Present

British and Irish Literature and Its Times: The Victorian Era to the Present

David Galens, Joyce Moss

Language: English

Pages: 617

ISBN: 2:00238328

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

World Literature and its Times - Volume 4

The works chosen for World Literature and Its Times 4: British and Irish Literature and Its Times have been carefully selected by professors in the field at the universities detailed in the Acknowledgements.
Keeping the literature-history connection in mind, the team made its selections based on a combination of factors: how frequently a literary work is studied, how closely it is tied to pivotal events in the past or present, how strong and enduring its appeal has been to readers in and out of the society that produced it, and how reflective it is of new developments in literature of the region. Attention has been paid to literary works set from the Victorian era to the present that have met with critical and/or popular acclaim.

Subjects in the Volume:

The Adoption Papers by Jackie Kay
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Anthem for Doomed Youth" and Other Poems by Wilfred Owen
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
Cambridge by Caryl Phillips
The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien
A Disaffection by James Kelman
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen
A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
Howards End by E. M. Forster
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
In Memoriam by Alfred Tennyson
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
"The Lion and the Unicorn" by George Orwell
Lord Jim: A Tale byJoseph Conrad
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Mrs.Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
"My Last Duchess" and Other Poems by Robert Browning
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Peter Pan: Peter and Wendy by James Barrie
The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Sea,The Sea by Iris Murdoch
"September 1913" and "Easter, 1916" by William Butler Yeats
Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sour Sweet by Timothy Mo
"Station Island" by Seamus Heaney
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
Troubles by J. G. Farrell
Ulysses by James Joyce
Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton
Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

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Commonwealth countries such as India, which had gained independence from Britain the previous year, in 1947. According to Mike and Trevor Phillips, "The juxtaposition of the Nationality Act and the arrival of the Windrush was a pure coincidence, but the two events seem to fit together because the Act itself enshrines what became a classic uncertainty about how to define the nature and the boundaries of British citizenship" (Phillips, p. 74). This "classic uncertainty" was profoundly problematic:

workers. Unemployment soared from 3 percent in 1971, around the time the novel opens, to 5 percent in 1979, when it ends and Margaret Thatcher assumes power. It would climb still higher to 12.3 percent in 1983, after Thatcher mounted a no-holds-barred attack on inflation (Williamson, p. 202). Partially in reaction to this hardship, white extremists vented frustrations on Asians and Africans. Blaming them for joblessness, the extremists resorted to "Paki-bashing" and acts of violence. The Asians

Rushdie's Midnight's Children, published 80 years after Rudyard Kipling's Kim, adds perspective to its image of colonial India, even serves as something of a corrective to views propagated by such celebrated British novels. Midnight's Children features a character living in a time of historical crisis. In fact, much of twentieth-century British and Irish literature conveys this sense of crisis, and not necessarily by depicting grand events. James Joyce's Ulysses conveys it through a commonplace

outstripped natural reproduction) among West Indian slave populations averaged I T S T I M E S V O L U M E 4 Cambridge between 20 percent and 30 percent before 1800 (Ward, p. 121). Between c. 1650 and c. 1800, for example, British slave ships brought an estimated 1.5 million slaves to the British West Indies, but at the end of that time the slave population there stood at only about 500,000. In the American South, by contrast, where conditions were better and where women and children were

with him 1854~$6 Florence Nightingale acquires lasting renown as a nurse in the Crimean War, introduces hygienic standards into military hospitals; publication of Coventry Patmore's "Angel in the House/' one of best-selling poems in Victorian England 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act allows divorce through law courts instead of private act of Parliament; husband must prove wife's adultery; wife must prove husband's adultery, plus incest, bigamy, cruelty, or desertion 1860 1864 Nightingale

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