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Overview

This Encyclopedia is an indispensible reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English-language. With nearly 500 contributors and over 1 million words, it is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English language.

  • Contains over 500 entries of 1000-3000 words written in lucid, jargon-free prose, by an international cast of leading scholars
  • Arranged in 3 volumes covering British and Irish Fiction, American Fiction, and World Fiction, with each volume edited by a leading scholar in the field
  • Entries cover major writers (such as Saul Bellow, Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, A.S Byatt, Samual Beckett, D.H. Lawrence, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, Alice Munro, Chinua Achebe, J.M. Coetzee, and Ngūgī Wa Thiong’o) and their key works
  • Covers the genres and sub-genres of fiction in English across the twentieth century (including crime fiction, sci fi, chick lit, the noir novel, and the avante garde novel) as well as the major movements, debates, and rubrics within the field (censorship, globalization, modernist fiction, fiction and the film industry, and the fiction of migration, Diaspora, and exile)
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
" Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. " (Choice, 1July 2011)

"Authoritative, thoughtfully prepared, convenient - this three-volume reference will serve students, teachers, professors, general readers, anyone seeking concise yet detailed treatment of authors, and anyone seeking context or a starting place for literary research." (Booknews, 1 April 2011)

"Part of Blackwell Reference Online, the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature is a database with content from several new stand-alone scholarly literature reference sets. Together, they provide almost 1,000 entries on the history, terminology, genres, and theory of the novel; major writers, works, movements, and genres of twentieth-century British, American, and world fiction; and terms and concepts related to post-1900 literary and cultural theory. The database would be a good investment for libraries that want to acquire the content." (Mary Ellen Quinn, Booklist, April 2011)]

Library Journal
As Shaffer's (English, Rhodes Coll.; Reading the Novel in English 1950–2000) goal is to "elucidate the most important texts and contexts of 20th century fiction…in English," two volumes cover 20th-century authors and literary movements of specific countries, while the third volume concentrates on world fiction within Anglo-American literature. The 430 authors have contributed 553 articles ranging in length from two pages (e.g., "Amadi, Elechi") to four and a half pages (e.g., "Censorship and Fiction"). Alphabetically arranged entries include such current authors as Annie Proulx and Margaret Atwood. Each entry contains a current bibliography and See also references. The third volume contains a detailed index. Cross-references do not appear within the text. Author entries cover basic biographical information but concentrate on the author's work and place within the literary community. Articles on literary movements and genres discuss the history, definition and role played in the literary world. BOTTOM LINE Not as advanced as the other two titles in this series, this much more basic resource would be useful for students taking lower level courses. Recommended for all undergraduate and graduate students.—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX
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Meet the Author

Brian W. Shaffer is Professor of English and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Faculty Development at Rhodes College, USA. His previous publications include Understanding Kazuo Ishiguro (1998), and Reading the Novel in English 1950–2000 (Wiley-Blackwell 2006). He is the co-editor of Approaches to Teaching Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” and “The Secret Sharer” (2002), and Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro (2008), and the editor of A Companion to the British and Irish Novel 1945–2000 (Wiley-Blackwell 2005).

Patrick O’Donnell is Professor of English and American Literature at Michigan State University, USA. His previous works include Echo Chambers: Figuring Voice in Modern Narrative (1992), Latent Destinies: Cultural Paranoia and Contemporary U.S. Narrative (2000), and The American Novel Now (Wiley-Blackwell 2010).

David W. Madden is Professor of English at California State University, Sacramento, USA. He is the author of Understanding Paul West (1993) and the editor of Critical Essays on Thomas Berger (1995).

Justus Nieland is Assistant Professor of English at Michigan State University, USA. He has written many papers in the fields of modernism, the avant-garde, and film studies, and is author of Feeling Modern: The Eccentricities of Public Life (2008).

John Clement Ball is Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, specializing in postcolonial and Canadian fiction. He is the author of Satire and the Postcolonial Novel: V.S. Naipaul, Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie (2003) and Imagining London: Postcolonial Fiction and the Transnational Metropolis (2004).

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Table of Contents

Volume I: Twentieth-Century British and Irish Fiction

List of entries

Preface to The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction

Acknowledgements

Notes on Contributors to Volume I

Introduction to Volume I

British and Irish Fiction A-Z

Volume II: Twentieth-Century American Fiction

List of entries

Notes on Contributors to Volume II

Introduction to Volume II

American Fiction A-Z

Volume III: Twentieth-Century World Fiction

List of entries

Notes on Contributors to Volume III

Introduction to Volume III

World Fiction A-Z

Index

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