The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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Overview

From folk ballads to film scripts, this new five-volume encyclopedia covers the entire history of British literature from the seventh century to the present, focusing on the writers and the major texts of what are now the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. In five hundred substantial essays written by major scholars, the Encyclopedia of British Literature includes biographies of nearly four hundred individual authors and a hundred topical essays with detailed analyses of particular themes, movements, genres, and institutions whose impact upon the writing or the reading of literature was significant.
An ideal companion to The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, this set will prove invaluable for students, scholars, and general readers.
For more information, including a complete table of contents and list of contributors, please visit www.oup.com/us/ebl

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Entries are written by recognized experts and are authoritative accounts that reflect current scholarship....This comprehensive encyclopedia is an outstanding resource for scholarly information about British writers, works, and literary movements. Highly recommended.."-Philip Charles Crawford, March 2007 Library Media Connection, starred review

"The editor's decisions regarding writers and works for inclusion reflect an academic focus and a penchant for the esoteric.... The most valuable aspect of thenew Oxford offering may well be its substantive coverage of topics and themes related to British literature.... Highly recommended."—Booklist, Starred Review

"This massive work contains more than 500 alphabetically arranged, signed articles covering 1400 years of British literature.... A vast and valuable resource."—School Library Journal

"Occupies its own niche.... A worthy choice."—Against the Grain

"The editors of this five-volume encyclopedia chose a lofty aim: to provide readers with a history of British literature in English. They have surpassed that goal with this fine work.... This well-written encyclopedia, though scholarly, is readable enough for the general-interest researcher.... Recommended for public and academic libraries."—Library Journal

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The editors of this five-volume encyclopedia chose a lofty aim: to provide readers with a history of British literature in English. They have surpassed that goal with this fine work, which is more than simply a biographical accounting of important authors. Some 500 A-to-Z essays averaging six pages and by major scholars are edited by Kastan (English & comparative literature, Columbia Univ.; Shakespeare and the Book) to include less-well-known authors, institutions, genres, and other broad themes. A table in the introduction breaks the entries down chronologically. While a work such as this is necessarily selective, readers will find articles on British literature from the past 1400 years by everyone from major writers like the Venerable Bede, William Shakespeare, and J.K. Rowling to those whose literature may not feel like the literature you thought you knew (e.g., the Beatles, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud). There are also articles on non-British authors who have a special connection to Britain, such as Salman Rushdie. These inclusions and others like them add comprehensiveness and authority to this detailed work. Bottom Line The text has all the right elements-academic authority from its many and varied contributors, breadth and depth of subject matter, a list for further reading and See also references at the end of each article (though the latter would have felt more useful were they integrated into the text), and an index to help readers find subjects that may not have their own article. This well-written encyclopedia, though scholarly, is readable enough for the general-interest researcher. The comparable 13-volume Oxford English Literary History offers more of a descriptive history than does Kastan's work, which will round out any literature collection and is recommended for public and academic libraries.-Manya Chylinski, Boston Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195169218
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2006
  • Pages: 2656
  • Product dimensions: 11.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 9.40 (d)

Meet the Author

EDITORIAL BOARD

Editor in Chief
David Scott Kastan, Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature,Columbia University

Senior Editors
Nancy Armstrong, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of English and Comparative Literature,Brown University
Kevin J. H. Dettmar, Department of English,Southern Illinois University
Andrew D. Hadfield, Department of English,University of Sussex
Gail McMurray Gibson, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and Humanities,Davidson College
Jennifer Wicke, Department of English,University of Virginia

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