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The Context Of Literature Written In English
by Alex Potter
Written for South African students, this brief history of Britain, America and the Commonwealth shows how the events and social environment of a specific period led to the type of literature produced.
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I found the historical summaries very helpful in understanding how literary trends arose at specific points. the author informs the reader of various points of view on controversial issues rather than attempting to defend one particular view. I would like to reread this slowly, alternating with works from the various periods to better see the impact of the historical context. Some long vacation...