This article examines how Anna Letitia Barbauld's Lessons for Children Aged Two to Three Years (1778) facilitated the development of the conversational primer. This genre is characterised by the authorial persona of the parent-author, and by its conversational format, in which texts present themselves as verisimilar and replicable conversations in the British middle-class family home.
British Literature is an unfamiliar concept in literary studies. English Literature and Scottish Literature are the customary terms of art, expressive, it seems, of the distinctive national cultures from which these literatures emerge. Indeed, English Literature, rather than British Literature also does service as an umbrella for all Anglophone literatures.
This essay examines the relatively new field of late modernist studies. It gives an overview of the development of late modernism as a literary historical category during the debates over postmodernism in the late 1980s and early 1990s. From there, the essay surveys recent efforts in modernist studies to conceptualize and historicize late modernism with greater precision.
This article examines a literary triangle treating a modern re-imagining of the Dantean Inferno in
Caribbean migrant experience. Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners advanced a stylistic and intellectual
revolution in post-World War II British literature
This collection of essays forms part of a trilogy on, as the first part of the title says, early modern British literature in transition, the preceding volume concerning 1557-1623, the final volume on 1660-1714. Each volume has four sections: “Generic Transitions,” “Ideological Transformation,” “Cultural Transformation,” and “Local Transformation.”
This study covers the whole period between 1800 and 1940 and operates a consistent and rigorous set of definitions of the figures under consideration. It considers images of the witch as villain, victim, and heroine along with parallel images of cunning folk, and it demonstrates what remains constant in them and what changes over this long span of time. In doing so, it is intended to make a contribution to a better understanding of the place of witchcraft and magic in the modern British imagination.