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History of English Literature by B R Malik: A Comprehensive and Critical Survey


History of English Literature by B R Malik: A Review of the Book and Its Contents




History of English Literature by B R Malik is a book that covers the development of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the modern times. The book is divided into ten chapters, each dealing with a specific period and its major authors and works. The book is written in a clear and concise style, with ample examples and quotations from the literary texts. The book also provides a critical analysis of the literary trends and movements, as well as the social and historical background of each period.




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The book is intended for students and teachers of English literature, as well as general readers who are interested in the history of English literature. The book is a comprehensive and critical survey of the English literary heritage, with a balanced and objective approach. The book is also updated with the latest research and scholarship in the field of English literature.


The Contents of History of English Literature by B R Malik




The book begins with an introduction that explains the scope and purpose of the book, as well as the main literary principles and terms that are used throughout the book. The introduction also gives an overview of the history of England and its relation to the history of English literature.


The first chapter deals with the Anglo-Saxon or Old-English period (670-1100), which is the earliest phase of English literature. The chapter discusses the origin and characteristics of the Anglo-Saxon people and their language, as well as their poetry and prose. The chapter focuses on the major works of this period, such as Beowulf, Caedmon's Hymn, The Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer, The Seafarer, The Battle of Maldon, Alfred's Preface to Gregory's Pastoral Care, Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, and King Alfred's translations.


The second chapter deals with the Middle-English period (1100-1500), which is marked by the Norman Conquest and its impact on the English language and literature. The chapter discusses the development of Middle-English dialects and literature, as well as the influence of French, Latin and Celtic literature. The chapter focuses on the major works of this period, such as Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, William Langland's Piers Plowman, John Gower's Confessio Amantis, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Patience, Purity, Malory's Morte Darthur, Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love, Margery Kempe's Book, Thomas More's Utopia, John Skelton's poems, William Caxton's printing press, and William Tyndale's translation of the Bible.


The third chapter deals with the Renaissance or Elizabethan period (1500-1603), which is characterized by the revival of classical learning and culture, as well as the expansion of trade and exploration. The chapter discusses the development of humanism and nationalism in England, as well as the religious reformation and its impact on literature. The chapter focuses on the major works of this period, such as Thomas Wyatt's sonnets, Henry Howard's poems, Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene, Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella and Defence of Poesy, Christopher Marlowe's plays, William Shakespeare's poems and plays, Ben Jonson's poems and plays, Francis Bacon's essays, John Donne's poems and sermons, George Herbert's poems, John Milton's early poems.


The fourth chapter deals with the Puritan or Commonwealth period (1603-1660), which is marked by the civil war and its aftermath. The chapter discusses the development of Puritanism and its influence on literature, as well as the rise of metaphysical poetry and prose. The chapter focuses on the major works of this period, such as John Milton's Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes,


John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Andrew Marvell's poems, Robert Herrick's poems, Richard Lovelace's poems, and Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan.


The fifth chapter deals with the Restoration or Augustan period (1660-1745), which is characterized by the restoration of monarchy and the rise of neoclassicism in literature. The chapter discusses the development of satire, comedy, tragedy, novel, essay and periodical in this period, as well as the influence of French and classical literature. The chapter focuses on the major works of this period, such as John Dryden's poems and plays, Samuel Pepys's Diary, John Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and A Modest Proposal, Alexander Pope's Rape of the Lock and Essay on Man, Joseph Addison and Richard Steele's The Spectator, John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, Henry Fielding's Tom Jones and Samuel Richardson's Pamela.


The sixth chapter deals with the Romantic or Pre-Victorian period (1745-1837), which is marked by the rise of romanticism and the French Revolution. The chapter discusses the development of lyric poetry, novel, gothic fiction, historical fiction and essay in this period, as well as the influence of nature, imagination, emotion and individualism in literature. The chapter focuses on the major works of this period, such as William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, Robert Burns's poems, William Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads and The Prelude, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Don Juan, Percy Bysshe Shelley's Ode to the West Wind and Prometheus Unbound, John Keats's Odes and Endymion, Walter Scott's Waverley and Ivanhoe, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Emma, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.


The seventh chapter deals with the Victorian or Early Modern period (1837-1901), which is characterized by the reign of Queen Victoria and the Industrial Revolution. The chapter discusses the development of poetry, novel, drama, essay and criticism in this period, as well as the influence of social issues, morality, religion and science in literature. The chapter focuses on the major works of this period, such as Alfred Tennyson's In Memoriam and Idylls of the King,


Conclusion




History of English Literature by B R Malik is a book that provides a comprehensive and critical overview of the development of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the modern times. The book covers the major authors and works of each period, as well as the literary trends and movements, and the social and historical background of each period. The book is written in a clear and concise style, with ample examples and quotations from the literary texts. The book also provides a critical analysis of the literary principles and terms that are used throughout the book.


The book is suitable for students and teachers of English literature, as well as general readers who are interested in the history of English literature. The book is a valuable resource for understanding the English literary heritage, with a balanced and objective approach. The book is also updated with the latest research and scholarship in the field of English literature. ca3e7ad8fd


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