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English majors must "read historically" and take a course in each of these literary periods: Medieval Literature, Early Modern Literature, Literature in the Age of Revolutions, and Modern to Contemporary Literature. This guide aims to assist you with this task.
Provides the historical background of often-studied literary works from around the world. Entries feature: a brief introduction to the work; discussion of the work's historical setting; an overview of the events of the time that the work was written; and the work in focus.