This book, written for students and teachers alike, analyses, the critical reactions and responses to the vast body of work that is English literature, right from its Anglo-Saxon period to the modem times. Exploring the differing perspectives on the landmark creations of prominent authors in English literature, the book analyses the spring well of these responses in the light of social milieus and cultural movements which influenced literature through the ages, as well as the evolving notions of criticism itself.
Taking into account a wide genre of literature, including dramas, poetry, epic, lyric and novel, the book focuses on deconstructing the myths prevalent with regard to critical analysis of literature, unearthing the various machinations and rigmarole involved beneath the surface. In addition, the text commentators on providing an insightful book into the responses to English literature today, considering the confounding array of voices in the field. All these lend the book an erudition which ranges from the origins of the subject to its development and progress, right down to the post-modern age.
It is hoped that the content incorporated in the book is appreciated for its insight and comprehensiveness.