The English Language

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9780140135329: The English Language

Essays on language cover sounds, word forms, syntax, vocabulary, social contexts, and varieties of English

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A collection of statements by literary men and others about the nature and use of the language, its resources, potentialities and development. Volume II starts in 1858 and runs to the 1960s and therefore records the rise first of philology, then of modern linguistic study.

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ea. vol: Peter Bedrick, dist. by Harper. (New History of Literature). 1987. bibliog. index. $38. ref In 1986, Peter Bedrick began publishing its "New History of Literature" series, a reworking of a British series published in the 1970s. Four of ten volumes were published in 1987. Revised, and including current bibliographies, American Literature since 1900 contains 13 chapters written by noted critics and organized mainly by periods and genres, including that of literary criticism itself. Some writers who don't "fit" well, like Porter, Nabokov, or Flannery O'Connor, get short shrift. The book's British origins may explain the opening essays, which treat the early 20th-century American writer's identity as frail and unproven. As they come to the contemporary scene, a few of the essays take a more hurried outline approach. They also distrust Literature with a capital L; as Cunliffe notes, "the main emphasis of this book has been the literature of successive avant-gardes." English Drama to 1710 , with articles from 14 contributors, encompasses "texts" and "contexts." It covers several periods, though viewing the medieval drama at a distanceas ceremony rather than literature. Most chapters focus on individual plays, some of which are discussed in a few different places. A survey like this must also solve the problem of how to give Shakespeare his due while leaving room for other playwrights; here he becomes the 150-page centerpiece, including two newly written essays. The collection as a whole offers unsurprising but very solid criticism, with good bibliographies and a table of dates. The English Language , clearly organized into ten chapters by as many contributors, has been updated here and there. The first half deals strictly with linguistics, with much defining of terms and some special emphases on spoken English, and only the final chapters examine the language's historical and cultural basis. The authors have provided the patient reader with a reliable, multifaceted study of English and the different modes of analyzing it. The Victorians is a fine collection of critical-historical articles , opening with A.O.J. Cockshut's clearly reasoned chapters on Victorian intellectual and religious movements and then proceeding through the English writers of the period and mostly thematic analyses of their works. Despite some reference to women's history, Victorian literature rather than society remains the subject. The book is strong on literary careers and reputations, often paired for comparison. The overall effect can be rather egalitarian: Mrs. Gaskell gets equal billing with George Eliot, and several minor novelists receive fresh attention. But the book allows its 16 contributors enough space to say what they need to say. It concludes with up-to-date chapter bibliographies and a detailed chronology. These volumes as a whole are recommended for academic libraries. Donald Ray, Manhattanville Coll. Lib.
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ISBN 10: 0140135324 ISBN 13: 9780140135329
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