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A Web Companion to
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8 th Edition

Explore English literature and culture with Norton Topics Online.

Instructors may access the 8e Course Guide. You must register for the Norton Instructor's Resource Library and request a password in order to access the Guide.

Prepared by the Norton Anthology editors, this extensive, freely accessible Web resource for The Norton Anthology of English Literature offers twenty-seven topics for study and discussion.

- Features

Annotated Texts and Contexts grouped by topic
Over 1000 Illustrations
Over 300 Explorations to stimulate critical thinking and generate paper topics
Hundreds of Annotated Links to related sites
Cross-references to the Norton Anthology of English Literature
Connections with the Norton Anthology of English Literature
Comprehensive Search
The Norton Online Archive, a searchable electronic library of over 150 literary texts and downloadable audio files, annotated by the editors, to supplement the Norton Anthology
Seamus Heaney's introduction to his new verse translation of Beowulf

- Review Materials and Other Useful Resources

Review Materials include summaries of the 7 Norton Anthology of English Literature period introductions and self-grading multiple-choice quizzes on the 7 period introductions
Instructor's Online Resources (wwnorton.com/nrl) with period and author notes, assignment files, graphics, links, and syllabi
Web Site Overview for Students
Web Site Overview for Teachers

- Web Site Contents in Brief (* denotes a new Topic)

THE MIDDLE AGES
Prepared by Alfred David
Medieval Estates and Orders: Making and Breaking Rules
King Arthur: Romancing Politics
The First Crusade: Sanctifying War
The Linguistic and Literary Contexts of Beowulf *
 
THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
Prepared by Stephen Greenblatt, George Logan, & Philip Schwyzer
The Magician, the Heretic, and the Playwright
Renaissance Exploration, Travel, and the World Outside Europe
Dissent, Doubt, and Spiritual Violence in the Reformation
Island Nations*
 
THE EARLY SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
Prepared by Barbara K. Lewalski & Philip Schwyzer
Gender, Family, Household: Seventeenth-Century Norms and Controversies
Paradise Lost in Context
Civil Wars of Ideas
Emigrants and Settlers*
 
THE RESTORATION AND THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
Prepared by Lawrence Lipking and Leslie Ritchie
A Day in Eighteenth-Century London
Slavery and the Slave Trade in Britain
The Plurality of Worlds
Travel, Trade, and the Expansion of Empire*
 
THE ROMANTIC PERIOD
Prepared by Jack Stillinger and M. H. Abrams
Tintern Abbey, Tourism, and Romantic Landscape
The Gothic
The French Revolution: Apocalyptic Expectations
Romantic Orientalism*
 
THE VICTORIAN AGE
Prepared by Carol T. Christ & Kelly Hurley
Industrialism: Progress or Decline?
The Woman Question
The Painterly Image in Poetry
Victorian Imperialism*
 
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND AFTER
Representing the Great War
Prepared by Jahan Ramazani and Jason Coats

Modernist Experiment
Prepared by Jahan Ramazani and Mogan Myers

Imagining Ireland
Prepared by Jahan Ramazani and Omaar Hena

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