This book examines a key topic in modern literary studies.
Contextual factors shape our perception of how literary texts are made, and how they are read.
Their understanding is fundamental to the study of English at undergraduate level and is becoming increasingly important at 'A' Level.
This book contains accessible essays by leading scholars on the contextual understanding of works of literature from Chaucer to the present day.
The writers and texts chosen are central in 'A' Level and undergraduate syllabuses.
The book is endorsed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and the Council for College and University English (CCUE).