Each volume in this new subset of the Literary Companion Series contains a variety of critical articles that analyze important literary trends within a given genre or historical period. The articles cover specific authors and works as well as themes and stylistic conventions shared by writers who are considered exemplars of a literary movement. The selections in these anthologies are edited to improve clarity and accessibility for readers. Each is introduced by a helpful summarization of the author's main arguments. Every anthology also provides a comprehensive essay detailing the social, philosophical, and political trends that influenced the prominent writers of the movement. With these tools readers will understand how authors working within a specific time period or genre contend with topical subjects, share and experiment with literary techniques, and draw on their literary heritage in an effort to create new art forms.
"An extensive study. The introduction places the genre in its historical and literary context, and is invaluable as a touchstone for the essays that follow. The selections are by a wide range of writers and scholars...The chapter headings are annotated so that their contents are easily recognized and accessible. In fact, each article can stand alone as a study of the individual topic. Together, however, the essays can be read for a complete and fascinting study of the genre. An excellent resource to learn the trends and modes of the genre from the broadest sense to the most particular."
-- School Library Journal (November 2001)
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