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The Oxford encyclopedia of British literature /
David Scott Kastan, editor in chief.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
description
5 v. : ill. ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0195169212 (alk. paper), 9780195169218 (alk. paper)
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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0195169212 (alk. paper)
9780195169218 (alk. paper)
contents note
Vol. 1. Abbey Theatre-Caryl Churchill -- Vol. 2. Colley Cibber-Harley Lyrics -- Vol. 3. Tony Harrison-A mirror for magistrates -- Vol. 4. Modernist-Percy Bysshe Shelley -- Vol. 5. Richard Brinsley Sheridan-Benjamin Zephaniah. Directory of contributors. Index.
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5466970
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Friends of Victoria University Library. 2006/02/03.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-05-01:
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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2006-11-01:
This outstanding set attempts to cover the entire history of British literature in English through over 500 well-written and well-researched essays by 371 contributors. Entries are similar in quality and format to those in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, ed. by J. Parini (CH, Jul'04, 41-6255). Composed primarily of author entries averaging four to six pages in length, the set also includes essays on specific works (e.g. Beowulf and Everyman), literary movements (e.g., "Angry Young Men"), and general topics (e.g., "Reading and Copyright"). Essays are written in scholarly but clear prose followed by a selective bibliography of relevant primary and secondary sources. In his preface, Kastan (Columbia Univ.) makes an interesting case for the inclusion of important Irish writers, including Joyce, Yeats, and Heaney, but is less convincing about the decision to devote four bland pages to the Beatles. Though this work is surprisingly strong on contemporary authors, Julian Barnes is inexplicably excluded. A detailed chronology and an extensively cross-referenced index complement the set. Though The Oxford Companion to English Literature (6th ed., ed. by M. Drabble, CH, Apr'01, 38-4211) contains more entries and is better suited to ready reference, this set will be of greater use to high school and college students looking for comprehensive coverage of major topics in British literature. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers. R. M. Roberts Lincoln Land Community College
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"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
"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 2007Library 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
"Occupies its own niche.... A worthy choice."--Against the Grain
"The editor's decisions regarding writers and works for inclusion reflectan academic focus and a penchant for the esoteric.... The most valuable aspectof thenew Oxford offering may well be its substantive coverage of topics andthemes related to British literature.... Highly recommended."--Booklist, StarredReview
"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 the new Oxford offering may well be its substantive coverage of topics and themes related to British literature.... Highlyrecommended."--Booklist, Starred Review
"The editors of this five-volume encyclopedia chose a lofty aim: toprovide readers with a history of British literature in English. They havesurpassed 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
"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-interestresearcher.... Recommended for public and academic libraries."--Library Journal
"This comprehensive encyclopedia is an outstanding resource for scholarly information about British writers, works, and literary movements." --Library Media Connection (Starred Review)
"This massive work contains more than 500 alphabetically arranged, signedarticles covering 1400 years of British literature.... A vast and valuableresource."--School Library Journal
"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
"This new encyclopedia is a welcome addition to any high school library's reference collection....Entries are written by recognized experts and are authoritative accounts that reflect current scholarship. The primary focus is on the life, works, and critical assessment of major authors rangingfrom the traditional, Joyce, Austen, and Shakespeare, to the contemporary, Joe Orton, J. K. Rowling, and Jeanette Winterson....The encyclopedia's strengths are many including an impressive representation of women writers from the Middle Ages to the present and the inclusion of significant mid-late20th century writers. The encyclopedia is well-organized with a useful chronology and a list of topical entries....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 the new 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"This comprehensive encyclopedia is an outstanding resource for scholarly information about British writers, works, and literary movements." --Library Media Connection (Starred Review)"This new encyclopedia is a welcome addition to any high school library's reference collection....Entries are written by recognized experts and are authoritative accounts that reflect current scholarship. The primary focus is on the life, works, and critical assessment of major authors ranging from the traditional, Joyce, Austen, and Shakespeare, to the contemporary, Joe Orton, J. K. Rowling, and Jeanette Winterson....The encyclopedia's strengths are manyincluding an impressive representation of women writers from the Middle Ages to the present and the inclusion of significant mid-late 20th century writers. The encyclopedia is well-organized with a useful chronology and a list of topical entries....This comprehensive encyclopedia is an outstandingresource for scholarly information about British writers, works, and literary movements. Highly recommended.."-Philip Charles Crawford, March 2007 Library Media Connection, starred review
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This comprehensive encyclopedia covers literature in the British Isles from the early Middle Ages.
Long Description
From folk ballads to film scripts, this new five-volume encyclopedia, which is now also available as an e-reference text from Oxford's Digital Reference Shelf, 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 includesbiographies 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. The Encyclopedia of British Literature is now available in print and as ane-reference text from Oxford's Digital Reference Shelf.An ideal companion to The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, this set will prove invaluable for students, scholars, and general readers.
Main Description
From folk ballads to film scripts, this new encyclopedia covers the entire history of British literature from the seventh century to the present.
Main Description
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
Main Description
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 substantialessays 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 ofliterature 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
Main Description
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. In five hundred substantial essays written by major scholars, the Encyclopedia includes biographies of nearly four hundred individual authors and a hundred topical essays with detailed analyses of significant themes, movements, genres, and institutions. Featuring over two hundred illustrations, it is fully cross-referenced with a comprehensive index and annotated bibliographies following each article. The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature is available for a very special price until 31st March 2006.

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