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The Oxford companion to English literature /
edited by Dinah Birch.
edition
7th ed.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
description
xiv, 1164 p. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0192806874 (hbk.), 9780192806871 (hbk.)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
isbn
0192806874 (hbk.)
9780192806871 (hbk.)
general note
"Fifth and sixth editions edited by Margaret Drabble." -- T.p.
Previous ed.: 2000.
local note
Victoria University Library copy donated by The Friends of Victoria University Library Book Sale.
catalogue key
6983053
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Friends of Victoria University Library Book Sale. 2009/12/03.
Includes index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-01-01:
This revision of the sixth edition of The Oxford Companion to English Literature, published in 2000, is edited by author and English professor Birch, with help from a panel of distinguished editors and contributors. It includes numerous revisions and more than 1000 new entries whose coverage is not limited to the literature of England or Great Britain but also encompasses European, American, Asian, and African writers and works. Although major works and authors are given longer treatment (e.g., The Canterbury Tales entry is approximately two-and-a-half pages long, as is the entry for Shakespeare), the entries are generally short (five to eight entries per page). Four introductory essays give room for a lengthier exploration of literary topics. The subjects of the entries include literary works, authors, themes, archetypes, journals, and forms. Appendixes include a chronology, a list of literary awards, and a list of the new and heavily revised entries with contributors. Bottom Line This companion is a highly authoritative resource, with clear, concise, and approachable entries on literary topics of high interest to students and scholars of English literature. An essential reference for most public, high school, and academic libraries.-Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ., Peoria, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2010-05-01:
The interval since publication of the sixth edition (CH, Apr'01, 38-4211) was a busy one in the world of English literature, with increased focus on emerging genres, nonmainstream writers, and interdisciplinary research. This seventh edition aptly reflects those changes, with over 2,000 new or substantially revised entries. New entries include many non-British writers--mainly American and Asian--along with genres, works, and authors of science fiction and fantasy, postcolonial literatures, and travel writing. The "rebalancing" led to some cuts in content; entries without literary associations have been removed, as have most individual character entries, and plot summaries are shorter. This edition features entries for terms not normally associated with literature (television) and for some newer genres (graphic novels, alternate history) previously not recognized. The two-page essays on genres that debuted in the sixth edition are slightly revised here and incorporated into the general text.New to the seventh edition are four substantial introductory essays: "Literary Culture and the Novel in the New Millennium," "Cultures of Reading," "Black British Literature," and "Children's Literature." Appendixes include a chronology of literary and related historical events, poets laureate, and literary award winners. Users looking for substantial coverage of literary theories and movements will find a better option in the second edition of The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (CH, Jun'05, 42-5598; 1st ed., CH, Jul'94, 31-5782), ed. by M. Groden, M. Kreiswirth, and I. Szeman.The brief entries on writers and individual works and the comprehensible definitions of literary terms are The Oxford Companion's strengths. In a nod to the outstanding core of entries in previous iterations, current editor and Victorian scholar Birch shares credit on the spine and jacket flap with Margaret Drabble, editor of the fifth and sixth editions. Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries; lower-level undergraduates and above, and general readers. H. C. Williams University of Washington
Reviews
Review Quotes
This is a sympathetic study of an important part of recent social history.
'Review from previous edition Always good company'Ian Sansom, Guardian'No guide could come more classic than The Oxford Companion to English Literature ... the literary reference source of first resort ... indispensable ... . Contemporary international writing is excellently covered ... excellent chronology'Malcolm Bradbury, The Times'Everybody with an interest in English literature will want to own it'David Sexton, Evening Standard'Remains irresistible'Sue Gaisford, Harpers & Queen
Continues to stand out as distinctive, authoritative, and a work of excellence'
Detailed, clear and lively accounts.
'Everybody with an interest in English literature will want to own it'David Sexton, Evening Standard
Excellence is in the details.
Increasing user-friendliness and a nice "up to date" feel
It offers companionable assistance; its your pal in literary need.
'No guide could come more classic than The Oxford Companion to EnglishLiterature ... the literary reference source of first resort ... indispensable... . Contemporary international writing is excellently covered ... excellentchronology'Malcolm Bradbury, The Times
'Remains irresistible'Sue Gaisford, Harpers and Queen
Review from previous edition: "Always good company" --Ian Sansom, Guardian
Sumptuous volume.
"This companion is a highly authoritative resource, with clear, concise, and approachable entries on literary topics of high interest to students and scholars of English literature. An essential reference..."-- Library Journal
This is a scrupulously produced, smartly laid-out, academically serious and at the same time relishably browsable book.
"This companion is a highly authoritative resource, with clear, concise, and approachable entries on literary topics of high interest to students and scholars of English literature. An essential reference..."--Library Journal "Any book expansive enough to contain both Ferdinand de Saussure's theory of structuralism and Richard Scarry's elegant everyman, Lowly Worm, is an essential purchase."-- ISchool Library Journal "The brief entries on writers and individual works and the comprhensible definitions of literary terms are The Oxford Companion's strengths. In a nod to the outstanding core of entries in previous iterations, current editor and Victorian scholar Birch shares credit on the spine and jacket flap with Margaret Drabble, editor of the fifth and sixth editions." -- IChoice
"This companion is a highly authoritative resource, with clear, concise, and approachable entries on literary topics of high interest to students and scholars of English literature. An essential reference..."-- Library Journal"Any book expansive enough to contain both Ferdinand de Saussure's theory of structuralism and Richard Scarry's elegant everyman, Lowly Worm, is an essential purchase."-- ISchool Library Journal"The brief entries on writers and individual works and the comprhensible definitions of literary terms are The Oxford Companion's strengths. In a nod to the outstanding core of entries in previous iterations, current editor and Victorian scholar Birch shares credit on the spine and jacket flap with Margaret Drabble, editor of the fifth and sixth editions." -- IChoice
"This companion is a highly authoritative resource, with clear, concise, and approachable entries on literary topics of high interest to students and scholars of English literature. An essential reference..."-- Library Journal "Any book expansive enough to contain both Ferdinand de Saussure's theory of structuralism and Richard Scarry's elegant everyman, Lowly Worm, is an essential purchase."-- ISchool Library Journal
A classic now made contemporary, this really is a boon companion.
Birch and the contributors have done an excellent job.
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Guardian UK, October 2000
The Times (London), October 2009
Library Journal, January 2010
Booklist, April 2010
School Library Journal, April 2010
Choice, May 2010
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Summaries
Main Description
The Oxford Companion to English Literaturehas long been established as the leading reference resource for students, teachers, scholars, and general readers of English literature. It provides unrivalled coverage of all aspects of English literature - from writers, their works, and the historical and cultural context in which they wrote, to critics, literary theory, and allusions. For the seventh edition, theCompanionhas been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs and concerns of today's students and general readers. Over 1,000 new entries have been added, ranging from new writers - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Patrick Marber, David Mitchell, Arundhati Roy - to increased coverage of writers and literary movements from around the world. Coverage of American literature has been substantially increased, with new entries on writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Amy Tan and on movements and publications. Contextual and historical coverage has also been expanded, with new entries on European history and culture, post-colonial literature, as well as writers and literary movements from around the world that have influenced English literature. TheCompanionhas always been a quick and dependable source of reference for students, and the new edition confirms its pre-eminent role as the go-to resource of first choice. All entries have been reviewed, and details of new works, biographies, and criticism have been brought up to date. So also has coverage of the themes, approaches and concepts encountered by students today, from terms to articles on literary theory and theorists. There is increased coverage of writers from around the world, as well as from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and of contextual topics, including film and television, music, and art. Cross-referencing has been thoroughly updated, with stronger linking from writers to thematic and conceptual entries. Meanwhile coverage of popular genres such as children's literature, science fiction, biography, reportage, crime fiction, fantasy or travel literature has been increased substantially, with new entries on writers from Philip Pullman to Anne Frank and from Anais Nin to Douglas Adams. The seventh edition of this classicCompanion- now under the editorship of Dinah Birch, assisted by a team of 28 distinguished associate editors, and over 150 contributors - ensures that it retains its status as the most authoritative, informative, and accessible guide to literature available.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Written by a team of more than 140 contributors working under the direction of Margaret Drabble, and ranging in influence from Homer, to the Mahabharata, this guide provides the reader with a comprehensive coverage of all aspects of English literature.
Long Description
The Oxford Companion to English Literature has long been established as the leading reference resource for students, teachers, scholars, and general readers of English literature. It provides unrivalled coverage of all aspects of English literature - from writers, their works, and the historical and cultural context in which they wrote, to critics, literary theory, and allusions.For the seventh edition, the Companion has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs and concerns of today's students and general readers. Over 1,000 new entries have been added, ranging from new writers - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Patrick Marber, David Mitchell, Arundhati Roy - to increased coverage of writers and literary movements from around the world. Coverage of American literature has been substantially increased, with new entries on writers such as Cormac McCarthyand Amy Tan and on movements and publications. Contextual and historical coverage has also been expanded, with new entries on European history and culture, post-colonial literature, as well as writers and literary movements from around the world that have influenced English literature. The Companion has always been a quick and dependable source of reference for students, and the new edition confirms its pre-eminent role as the go-to resource of first choice. All entries have been reviewed, and details of new works, biographies, and criticism have been brought right up to date. So also has coverage of the themes, approaches and concepts encountered by students today, from terms to articles on literary theory and theorists. There is increased coverage of writers fromaround the world, as well as from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and of contextual topics, including film and television, music, and art. Cross-referencing has been thoroughly updated, with stronger linking from writers to thematic and conceptual entries. Meanwhile coverage of popular genres such as children's literature, science fiction, biography, reportage, crime fiction, fantasy or travel literature has been increased substantially, with new entries on writers from Philip Pullman to Anne Frank and from Anais Nin to Douglas Adams. The seventh edition of this classic Companion - now under the editorship of Dinah Birch, assisted by a team of 28 distinguished associate editors, and over 150 contributors - ensures that it retains its status as the most authoritative, informative, and accessible guide to literature available.
Main Description
This renowned resource provides unrivalled coverage of all aspects of English literature, from writers, their works, and the historical and cultural context in which they wrote, to critics, literary theory, allusions, and characters. For the seventh edition, the Companion has been thoroughly revised and updated, with over 1,000 new entries that offer increased coverage of American literature, popular genres such as children's literature and science fiction, the literature of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and much more. All entries have been reviewed, details of new works, biographies, and criticism have been brought right up to date, and the cross-referencing has been thoroughly updated, with stronger linking from writers to thematic and conceptual entries. The seventh edition of this classic Companion, now under the joint editorship of Dinah Birch and Margaret Drabble--assisted by a team of 28 distinguished associate editors, and over 150 contributors--ensures that it retains its status as the most authoritative, informative, and accessible guide to literature available.
Main Description
This renowned resource provides unrivalled coverage of all aspects of English literature, from writers, their works, and the historical and cultural context in which they wrote, to critics, literary theory, allusions, and characters. For the seventh edition, the Companion has been thoroughly revised and updated, with over 1,000 new entries that offer increased coverage of American literature, of popular genres such as children's literature and science fiction, of the literature of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and much more. All entries have been reviewed, and details of new works, biographies, and criticism have been brought right up to date and the cross-referencing has been thoroughly updated, with stronger linking from writers to thematic and conceptual entries. The seventh edition of this classic Companion, now under the joint editorship of Dinah Birch and Margaret Drabble--assisted by a team of 28 distinguished associate editors, and over 150 contributors--ensures that it retains its status as the most authoritative, informative, and accessible guide to literature available.
Main Description
The Oxford Companion to English Literature has long been established as the leading reference resource for students, teachers, scholars, and general readers of English literature. It provides unrivalled coverage of all aspects of English literature - from writers, their works, and thehistorical and cultural context in which they wrote, to critics, literary theory, allusions, and characters. For the seventh edition, the Companion has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs and concerns of today's students and general readers. Over 1,000 new entries have been added, ranging from new writers - Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Patrick Marber, David Mitchell, Arundhati Roy - toincreased coverage of writers and literary movements from around the world. Coverage of American literature has been substantially increased, with new entries on writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Amy Tan and on movements and publications. Contextual and historical coverage has also been expanded, with new entries on European history and culture, post-colonial literature, as well as writers and literary movements from around the world that have influenced English literature. The Companion has always been a quick and dependable source of reference for students, and the new edition confirms its pre-eminent role as the go-to resource of first choice. All entries have been reviewed, and details of new works, biographies, and criticism have been brought right up to date. Soalso has coverage of the themes, aproaches and concepts encountered by students today, from terms to articles on literary theory and theorists. There is increased coverage of writers from around the world, as well as from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and of contextual topics, including film andtelevision, music, and art. Cross-referencing has been thoroughly updated, with stronger linking from writers to thematic and conceptual entries. Meanwhile coverage of popular genres such as children's literature, science fiction, biography, reportage, crime fiction, fantasy or travel literature has been increased substantially, with new entries on writers from Philip Pullman to Anne Frank and from Anais Nin to Douglas Adams. The seventh edition of this classic Companion, now under the joint editorship of Dinah Birch and Margaret Drabble - assisted by a team of 28 distinguished associate editors, and over 150 contributors - ensures that it retains its status as the most authoritative, informative, and accessible guide toliterature available.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Written by a team of more than 140 contributors, and ranging in influence from Homer, to the Mahabharata, this guide provides the reader with a comprehensive coverage of all aspects of English literature.

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