World Literature and Its Times helps students and researchers make connections between political/social climate during which books were written and the works themselves. Each volume focuses on major fiction, poetry and nonfiction from a particular country and region, representing approximately 50 works. The detailed essays are approximately 10 pages in length and offer the following features:
Introductory profile -- an overview that discuss genre, time, place and other important elements with a synopsis and introduction that places the work in the context of the authors' life
Events in history -- a report on the social, political and cultural climate relevant to the work, including primary source documents, charts, timelines and other illustrative materials
Literary work in focus -- three sections that place the work in context with an in-depth summary, related history and historical sources
Sources for more information -- full citations offering additional sources of information
Additional features include illustrations; maps; author and title tables of contents; sidebars; timelines; advisor information; and an alphabetical index of authors, titles, events and personalities.
The series contains eight volumes covering the following literatures:
Latin American literature
British & Irish literature
(2 volumes - The Victorian Era to the Present and Celtic Migrations to the Reform Bill )
Spanish & Portuguese literature
Middle Eastern literature
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"Although there are some distracting typos and the historical views presented are fairly mainstream, this volume will serve as a useful starting point for many undergraduates." -- Choice (December 2000)