Other Studies

From Text to Context: Rewriting English Literature

Gong Yan
China Women's University
Journal of China Women's University 2015-4

Abstract:The last decade of the 20 th century witnessed a second shift to the historically contextualized literary study in English-speaking countries. The advent of English Literature in Context, published by the Cambridge University Press in 2008, has fit perfectly and properly into this "second shift," with its focus not only on texts themselves but on their particular historical contexts as well. This article has — by considering in turn the multiple contextual approaches to texts, the interplay of different genres, and the power of teachers and critics in literary studies —demonstrated the affiliations between some features in this textbook and certain current academic tendencies.
Keywords:English Literature in Context, historical turn, context

Paper type:Published