This is a completely updated and expanded second edition of the wide-ranging and accessible Routledge History of Literature in English. It covers the main developments in the history of British and Irish literature and has extensive accompanying language notes which explore the interrelationships between language and literature. With a span of over a thousand years, from AD 600 to the present day, it emphasises the growth of literary writing, its traditions, conventions and changing characteristics, and includes literature from the margins, both geographical and cultural. Extensive quotations from poetry, prose and drama underpin the narrative. The second edition covers recent developments in literary and cultural theory and has the following features: Additional or extended material on post-colonial writers, and the literature of the 1990s, including James Kelman, Irvine Welsh, Michael Frayn, Bernard MacLaverty, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Helen Dunmore, William Boyd, Bruce Chatwin, Liz Lochhead, Andrew Motion, Jackie Kay, J.K. Rowling An expanded Timeline with Booker and Whitbread Prize winners Additions to the well-received language notes include 'Shakespeare's Language', 'Reading Dickens', 'Reading the language of theatre and drama', 'Reading Hardy', 'Reading Auden', 'Common speech and literature'Carter, Ronald is the author of 'Routledge History of Literature in English Britain and Ireland', published 2001 under ISBN 9780415243186 and ISBN 0415243181.