Department of English

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17.0 Histories of Literature


Baker, Ernest A., and Lionel Stevenson. The History of the English Novel. 11 vols. London: 1924-67. [PR 821 B3]
Vol. 11, by Lionel Stevenson (1967), is shelved separately at [PR 881 S7].

The Cambridge History of English Literature. Ed. A. W. Ward and A. R. Waller. 15 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1907-27. [PR 83 C2]
Later editions lack bibliographies.

The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1989-. [PN 86 C25 1989]
Vol. 1, Classical Criticism (1989); Vol. 3, The Renaissance; Vol. 4, Eighteenth-Century Studies; Vol. 5, Romanticism; Vol. 7, Modernism and the New Criticism; Vol. 8, Formalism to Post-Structuralism (1995); Vol. 9, Twentieth Century Historical, Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives.

Courthope, W. J. History of English Poetry. 6 vols. London: Macmillan, 1895-1910. [PR 502 C8]

Foakes, R. A., ed. Routledge History of English Poetry. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1977- .
Vol. 1: Old English and Middle English Poetry (1977). [PR 255 P4]
Vol. 3: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Poetry, 1660-1780 (1981). [PR 561 R6]
Vol. 4: Poetry of the Romantic Period (1980). [PR 571 J29]

Nicoll, Allardyce. A History of English Drama., 1660-1900. 4th ed. vol. 1, 3rd ed. vol. 2, 1st ed. vols. 3-6. 6 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1952-59. [PR 625 N52]
Continued by: ---.English Drama, 1900-1930: The Beginnings of the Modern Period. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1973. [PR 721 N42]

The Oxford History of English Literature. Ed. Bonamy Dobrée and Norman Davis. New York: Oxford UP/Oxford: Clarendon, 1945-. [Vols. shelved separately in the stacks]
Includes comprehensive bibliographies. The series was re-numbered and the titles of some volumes altered in mid-publication.
Vol. 1: Middle English (1986); [Vol. 2]: Chaucer and the Fifteenth Century (1947, 2nd ed. 1965); [Vol. 2]: English Literature at the Close of the Middle Ages (1945); Vol. 3: Sixteenth Century, excluding Drama (1954); Vol. 4: English Drama 1832-90; Vol. 5: Earlier Seventeenth Century (1947, 2nd ed. 1966); [Vol. 6]: English Drama 1586-1642 (1997); [Vol. 6]: Late Seventeenth Century (1969); Vol. 7: The Early Eighteenth Century (1959, 2nd ed. 1959); Vol. 8: The Mid-Eighteenth Century (1978); Vol. 10: 1815-32; [Vol. 11]: 1789-1815; [Vol. 11]: 1832-90 (1989); Vol. 12: Eight Modern Writers (1963); Vol. 13: Victorian Novel (1990); Vol. 14: Victorian Poetry, Drama, and Miscellaneous, excluding the Novel (1997); Vol. 15: Hardy to Lawrence (1997)

Perkins, David. History of Modern Poetry. 2 vols. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1976-87.
Vol. 1: From the 1890s to the High Modernist Mode (1976). [PR 610 P47]
Vol. 2: Modernism and After (1987). [PN 1111 P48]

Potter, Lois, et al. The Revels History of Drama in English. 8 vols. New York: Methuen, 1975-83. [PR 625 R44]

Wellek, René. A History of Modern Criticism, 1750-1950. 8 vols. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1955-93. [PN 86 W42]

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British
(see also the Oxford and Cambridge histories of English literature)

Annals of English Literature, 1475-1950: The Principal Publications of Each Year, Together with an Alphabetical Index of Authors with Their Works. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, c. 1961. [Z 2011 A5 1961--ROBAREF]

Baugh, Albert C., ed. A Literary History of England. 4 vols. 2nd ed. New York: Appleton-Century Crofts, 1967. [PR 83 B32 1967]

The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Ed. Margaret Drabble. 6th ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2000. [PR 19 H3 1995--ROBAREF]

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U.S.

Cambridge History of American Literature. Ed. Sacvan Bercovitch. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994-. [PS 92 C36 1994--ROBAREF]
Vol. I: 1590-1820; Vol.II: Prose 1820-1865
Vol. VII: Prose 1940-1995 (on order); VIII: 1940-1995

Columbia History of the American Novel. Ed. Emory Elliott, et al. New York: Columbia UP, 1991. [PS 371 C7 1991]

Columbia Literary History of the United States. Ed. Emory Elliot. New York: Columbia UP, 1988. [PS 92 C64 1988]

Ludwig, Richard M., and Clifford A. Nault, eds. Annals of American Literature 1602-1983. New York: Oxford UP, 1986. [PS 94 L83 1986--ROBAREF]

The Oxford Companion to American Literature. Ed. James D. Hart. 6th ed. New York: Oxford UP, 1995. [PS 21 H3 1995--ROBAREF]

Quinn, Arthur Hobson. History of the American Drama, From the Beginning to the Civil War. 2nd ed. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, c. 1951. [PS 332 Q5 1951]

---. History of the American Drama, From the Civil War to the Present Day. Rev. ed. New York: Harper, c. 1936. [PS 345 Q55]

Ruland, Richard, and Malcolm Bradbury. From Puritanism to Post-Modernism: A History of American Literature. Routlege: London, 1991. [PS 88 B685 1991]

Spiller, Robert E., et al., eds. Literary History of the United States. 4th ed. 2 vols. New York: Macmillan, c. 1974. [PS 88 L52 1974--ROBAREF]
Vol. 1: History; Vol. 2: Bibliography.

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Canadian


Dictionnaire des oeuvres litteraires du Québec. Sous la direction de Maurice Lemire. 2nd ed. 6 vols. Montreal: Fides, c. 1980-94. [PS 9015 D5 1980--ROBAREF]

Edwards, Murray. A Stage in Our Past: English-language Theatre in Eastern Canada From the 1790s to 1914. [Toronto]: U of Toronto P, 1968. [PN 2301 E48]

Grandpré, Pierre de. Histoire de la littérature français du Québec. 4 vols. Montreal: Librairie Beauchemin, 1967-69. [PS 9063 G73--ROBAREF; rev. ed. (1971-73) Bladen Lib.]

Literary History of Canada: Canadian Literature in English. Ed. Carl F. Klinck, et. al. 2nd ed. 4 vols. Toronto: Toronto UP, c. 1976-90. [PS 8063 K55 1976--ROBAREF]

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Gen. Ed. Eugene Benson and William Toye. Toronto: Oxford UP, 1997. [PS 8015 093 1997--ROBAREF]

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