Reflections : For Kerala University

By G. B. Mohan Thampi
Publisher: Pearson India, 2011
ISBN: 9789332503731
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The essay as a literary genre in English came into being during the last years of the sixteenth century, when Francis Bacon published, in 1597, his collection of brief articles on various subjects, which he called essays (meaning to try or attempt). Since then, the English essay has expanded its scope to straddle the grave and the light-hearted with equal ease. Reflections, an anthology of essays, explores the myriad forms this genre has taken over the centuries, from Francis Bacons On Studies, which explores the virtues of reading, to Charles Lambs Dream Children: A Reverie, an imaginative rendering of the authors fancies. A prescribed textbook for the B.A. English literature course of the University of Kerala, the anthology provides an introduction about the author, a summary, detailed annotations and questions along with each essay. The collection is a mix of the serious and the light-hearted, arranged chronologically to help the student trace the development of the form. Students will discover that essays like Joseph Addisons Sir Roger at the Assizes and the excerpts from Samuel Pepys Diary, though written more than 300 years ago, can still raise a smile or a glimmer of recognition. Written in styles ranging from the familiar to the didactic, the pieces in this collection also throw light on the people who would have formed their readership. They provide an insight into their desires and aspirations, as reflected in their subject and treatment.
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Title Page
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Contents
Preface
About the Editor
Introduction to the English Essay
1. On Studies
2. The Diary of Samuel Pepys
3. Sir Roger at the Assizes
4. Life of Samuel Johnson
5. Dream Children: A Reverie
6. On Familiar Style
7. On Books and Reading
8. Walking Tours
9. Nationalism in India
10. Indifference
11. The Diary of a Young Girl
12. Politics and the English Language
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