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The encyclopedia of literary and cultural theory /
general editor, Michael Ryan.
imprint
Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
description
3 v.
ISBN
9781405183123 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
isbn
9781405183123 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
v. 1. Literary theory from 1900 to 1966 / edited by Gregory Castle -- v. 2. Literary theory from 1966 to the present / edited by Robert Eaglestone -- v. 3. Cultural theory / edited by M. Keith Booker.
catalogue key
7264673
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-07-01:
The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory (ELCT) consists of three well-produced hardcover volumes. Also available is an online version that provides full-text searching and hyperlinks to related articles and bibliographic references within this encyclopedia as well as The Encyclopedia of the Novel (CH, Jul'11, 48-6015) and The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction (CH, Jul'11, 48-6018). Together these three sets make up the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature. Each volume of ELCT starts with a list of entries and brief introductions to the contributors. The 300-plus entries are signed and followed by short bibliographies of primary publications and limited suggestions for further reading. An overarching index is included at the end of the third volume. The online version provides full-text searching with relevancy ranking, browsing, and subject access based upon the index, and supports direct links to articles. Overall, the presentation of the online content is functional, though rather clunky; one could expect a more user-friendly and sophisticated interface from a publisher such as Wiley-Blackwell.Hailed as the "first comprehensive multi-volume encyclopedia of literary and cultural theory," this work fulfills these high expectations by providing well-written articles by scholars for nonspecialists; through its thorough, up-to-date coverage; and by succeeding in situating theorists and movements, and explaining relationships, as well as enticing readers to delve deeper into subjects. Among the plethora of dictionaries and shorter encyclopedias of literary theory, this one stands out as a comprehensive, thorough treatment of the subject, though select entries are superficial and would merit further discussion. Its main competitor is the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, edited by M. Groden, M. Kreiswirth, and I. Szeman (2nd ed., CH Jun'05, 42-5598), which seems to have served as vantage point. The Johns Hopkins Guide provides greater detail and in-depth treatment of the major personalities and movements. In turn, this encyclopedia includes numerous entries on personalities and concepts that are not included in Johns Hopkins. In particular, the third volume, dedicated to cultural studies, sets this publication apart by covering figures such as Tariq Ali and Marshall Sahlins; describing the cultural history and influence of popular music and magazines, comics, and newspapers; and treating topics such as sports studies, which are either absent or mentioned only obliquely in Johns Hopkins. Appropriately priced, this three-volume encyclopedia is a valuable addition to collections owning the earlier guide. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers; general readers. E. S. Hierl Harvard University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-05-01:
Based on the premise that literature mirrors life, which mirrors the surrounding society and culture, this unique work employs 320 signed articles written by 223 academic contributors at various Anglo-American institutions to connect literature and sociology. Organized in dictionary format within time period and type of theory (social or literary), articles range from two and three-quarters pages ("Abrams, M.H.") to 11 pages ("Narrative Theory"). Each entry includes a bibliography. Volumes 1 and 2 cover literary theories between 1900 and 1966 and from 1966 to the present day. Cultural theories appear in Volume 3. See also references incorporating entries in all three volumes, cross-references within the text, and a detailed index ensure easy research access. Overall, the volume editors provide good coverage, though this work could be stronger. For example, the literary movement realism is discussed only as it pertains to the modernism movement despite its having been prevalent during the 19th century. General editor Ryan (film & media arts, Temple Univ.) has authored several books, including Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction. BOTTOM LINE An excellent resource for those attempting to tie literature to the society surrounding it. Recommended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in literature, writing, sociology, and anthropology.-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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this unique work employs 320 signed articles written by 223 academic contributors at various Anglo-American institutions to connect literature and sociology. Organized in dictionary format within time period and type of theory (social or literary), articles range from two and three-quarters pages ("Abrams, M.H.") to 11½ pages ("Narrative Theory"). Each entry includes a bibliography. Volumes 1 and 2 cover literary theories between 1900 and 1966 and from 1966 to the present day. Cultural theories appear in Volume 3. See also references incorporating entries in all three volumes, cross-references within the text, and a detailed index ensure easy research access. BOTTOM LINE An excellent resource for those attempting to tie literature to the society surrounding it. Recommended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in literature, writing, sociology, and anthropology.-
"Hailed as the "first comprehensive multi-volume encyclopedia of literary and cultural theory," this work fulfills these high expectations by providing well-written articles by scholars for nonspecialists; through its thorough, up-to-date covera≥ and by succeeding in situating theorists and movements, and explaining relationships, as well as enticing readers to delve deeper into subjects . . .Appropriately priced, this three-volume encyclopedia is a valuable addition to collections owning the earlier guide. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers; general readers." (Choice, 1July 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)] "These three stand-alone titles work well together; overlapping entries complement rather than duplicate each other. Four planned but as yet unpublished titles in this seven-title series are The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature , The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature , The Encyclopedia of the Gothic , and The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies . It would be nice to see a single cumulative or series index tying all seven together to create the most efficient access method for the serious researcher. Part of the larger series, these first three titles can be purchased separately or all together for $1,585 (ISBN 9781444320886). The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory. 3 vols. Wiley-Blackwell. (Encyclopedia of Literature). 2011. 1544p. ed. by Michael Ryan. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781405183123. $495. Online: Blackwell Reference Online REF Based on the premise that literature mirrors life, which mirrors the surrounding society and culture, this unique work employs 320 signed articles written by 223 academic contributors at various Anglo-American institutions to connect literature and sociology. Organized in dictionary format within time period and type of theory (social or literary), articles range from two and three-quarters pages ("Abrams, M.H.") to 11 pages ("Narrative Theory"). Each entry includes a bibliography. Volumes 1 and 2 cover literary theories between 1900 and 1966 and from 1966 to the present day. Cultural theories appear in Volume 3. See also references incorporating entries in all three volumes, cross-references within the text, and a detailed index ensure easy research access. Overall, the volume editors provide good coverage, though this work could be stronger. For example, the literary movement realism is discussed only as it pertains to the modernism movement despite its having been prevalent during the 19th century. General editor Ryan (film & media arts, Temple Univ.) has authored several books, including Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction. BOTTOM LINE An excellent resource for those attempting to tie literature to the society surrounding it. Recommended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in literature, writing, sociology, and anthropology.-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX The Encyclopedia of the Novel. 2 vols. Wiley-Blackwell. (Encyclopedia of Literature). 2011. 1024p. ed. by Peter Melville Logan. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781405161848. $350. Online: Blackwell Reference Online REF The 143 signed, alphabetically arranged five- (e.g., "Feminist Theory" and "Gender Theory") to nine-page (e.g., "Narrator" and "Authorship") articles written by 134 academic (and one nonacademic, Hyphen Press founder Robin Kinross) authors include short bibliographies, thorough See also notes, and cross-references within the articles. Volume 2 also contains an author index and a detailed subject index. The text is very readable, but because the editors take a global approach and rely on a very broad definition of "novel," many genres and subgenres will be unfamiliar to the average reader, making this title most appropriate to the academic world. This set could be even better if the editors split several complex articles into two or more articles. For example, in a global rather than a local view, copyright and libel are treated together in a brief six pages ("Copyright/Libel"), leaving the reader wanting more. Logan (Victorian Fetishism: Intellectuals and Primitives ) teaches English at Temple University. BOTTOM LINE Intended for the advanced literature student, this set will overwhelm the average reader. Recommended for upper-class undergraduate and graduate literature and writing majors.-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX "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)
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With more than 300 accessible entries on the important concepts, theorists, and trends in post-1900 literary and cultural theory, The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory provides a highly informative reference work in this multidisciplinary field. The entries provide explanations of complex terms and important theoretical concepts, as well as summaries of the work and ideas of key figures. Arranged in three volumes, Literary Theory from 1900 to 1966 , Literary Theory from 1966 to the present , and Cultural Theory , the entries cover all aspects of twentieth-century literary and cultural theory from Russian formalism to structuralism, new historicism to narratology, and performativity to diaspora.
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This is a comprehensive multi-volume encyclopedia of literary and cultural theory. Arranged in three volumes, the set provides accessible entries on the important concepts, theorists and trends in post-1900 literary and cultural theory.
Main Description
This is the first comprehensive multi-volume encyclopedia of literary and cultural theory. Arranged in three volumes covering Literary Theory from 1900 to 1966, Literary Theory from 1966 to the present, and Cultural Theory, this encyclopedia provides accessible entries on the important concepts, theorists and trends in post-1900 literary and cultural theory. With explanations of complex terms and important theoretical concepts, and summaries of the work and ideas of key figures, it is a highly informative reference work for a multi-disciplinary readership Part of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature Contains over 300 entries of 1000-7000 words written by an international cast of nearly 300 leading scholars in literary and cultural theory Provides explanations of complex terms, important theoretical concepts, and tools for critical analysis Provides summaries of the work and ideas of key figures such as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Slavoj }i~ek, and many more Online version provides students and researchers with 24/7 access to authoritative reference and powerful searching, browsing and cross-referencing capabilities Special introductory price available
Main Description
This is the first comprehensive multi-volume encyclopedia of literary and cultural theory. Arranged in three volumes covering Literary Theory from 1900 to 1966, Literary Theory from 1966 to the present, and Cultural Theory, this encyclopedia provides accessible entries on the important concepts, theorists and trends in post-1900 literary and cultural theory. With explanations of complex terms and important theoretical concepts, and summaries of the work and ideas of key figures, it is a highly informative reference work for a multi-disciplinary readership Part of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature Contains over 300 entries of 1000-7000 words written by an international cast of nearly 300 leading scholars in literary and cultural theory Provides explanations of complex terms, important theoretical concepts, and tools for critical analysis Provides summaries of the work and ideas of key figures such as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Slavoj Žižek, and many more Online version provides students and researchers with 24/7 access to authoritative reference and powerful searching, browsing and cross-referencing capabilities Special introductory price available
Back Cover Copy
With more than 300 accessible entries on the important concepts, theorists, and trends in post-1900 literary and cultural theory, The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory provides a highly informative reference work in this multidisciplinary field. The entries provide explanations of complex terms and important theoretical concepts, as well as summaries of the work and ideas of key figures.Arranged in three volumes, Literary Theory from 1900 to 1966 , Literary Theory from 1966 to the present, and Cultural Theory , the entries cover all aspects of twentieth-century literary and cultural theory from Russian formalism to structuralism, new historicism to narratology, and performativity to diaspora.
Main Description
This is the first comprehensive multi-volume encyclopedia of literary and cultural theory. Arranged in three volumes covering Literary Theory from 1900 to 1966, Literary Theory from 1966 to the present, and Cultural Theory, this encyclopedia provides accessible entries on the important concepts, theorists and trends in post-1900 literary and cultural theory. With explanations of complex terms and important theoretical concepts, and summaries of the work and ideas of key figures, it is a highly informative reference work for a multi-disciplinary readership Part of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature Contains over 300 entries of 1000-7000 words written by an international cast of nearly 300 leading scholars in literary and cultural theory Provides explanations of complex terms, important theoretical concepts, and tools for critical analysis Provides summaries of the work and ideas of key figures such as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Slavoj zizek, and many more Online version provides students and researchers with 24/7 access to authoritative reference and powerful searching, browsing and cross-referencing capabilities Special introductory price available

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