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The encyclopedia of English renaissance literature /
general editors, Garrett A. Sullivan and Alan Stewart.
imprint
Chichester, West Sussex [England] ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, c2012.
description
3 v. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
9781405194495 (set : alk. paper)
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imprint
Chichester, West Sussex [England] ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, c2012.
isbn
9781405194495 (set : alk. paper)
contents note
v. 1. A-F -- v. 2. G-O -- v. 3. P-Z
catalogue key
8404481
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-07-01:
This three-volume set covers a particularly rich period of literary history, and one of perennial interest. More than 400 entries are primarily arranged by author, and many are quite lengthy, qualifying as brief critical studies. Literature is defined broadly: printer William Caxton makes an appearance for his contribution to English publishing, as do a number of authors whose output was not primarily literary, such as theologian Richard Hooker. Attention also goes to authors nearly unknown in their own era but rehabilitated by modern scholarship, including female writers such as Isabella Whitney. In general, this author-centered approach is satisfying, but one could wish that greater attention had gone to topics other than authors; such entries are comparatively few, but perhaps among the most intriguing. For example, the Book of Common Prayer, emblem books, letters in print, and sermons all get worthy entries, but the set has almost nothing about print culture versus manuscript culture, or about patronage--so important for understanding how literary works were produced and circulated during this period, and so foreign to beginning students. Despite some inevitable omissions in a work of this scope, the information provided is both useful and engaging. This set is part of the online Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature . Other print sets that are also part of the database include The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory (CH, Jul'11, 48-6014), The Encyclopedia of the Novel (CH, Jul'11, 48-6015), and The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction (CH, Jul'11, 48-6018), among others. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students. S. Magedanz California State University--San Bernardino
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"In this respect, the Encyclopedia brings together a very wide range of material that would otherwise not be so easily accessible. To some extent, it even redresses the canonical centrality of the well-known names by locating them very firmly within their own historical context and in relation to the literary culture of the time." ( Journal of the Northern Renaissance , 1 December 2012) "As such, it would be a strong contender for any academic library, of good use in a public library, and will work best when placed alongside the online Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature, though this is not essential to get value from the set." ( Reference Reviews , 1 December 2012) "Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students." ( Choice , 1 July 2012)
"Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students." ( Choice , 1 July 2012)
"As such, it would be a strong contender for any academic library, of good use in a public library, and will work best when placed alongside the online Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature, though this is not essential to get value from the set." ( Reference Reviews , 1 December 2012) "Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students." ( Choice , 1 July 2012)
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Main Description
Featuring entries composed by leading international scholars, The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature presents comprehensive coverage of all aspects of English literature produced from the early 16th to the mid 17th centuries. Comprises over 400 entries ranging from 1000 to 5000 words written by leading international scholars Arranged in A-Z format across three fully indexed and cross-referenced volumes Provides coverage of canonical authors and their works, as well as a variety of previously under-considered areas, including women writers, broadside ballads, commonplace books, and other popular literary forms Biographical material on authors is presented in the context of cutting-edge critical discussion of literary works. Represents the most comprehensive resource available for those working in English Renaissance literary studies Also available online as part of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature, providing 24/7 access and powerful searching, browsing and cross-referencing capabilities
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Featuring entries composed by leading international scholars, this encyclopedia presents comprehensive coverage of all aspects of English literature produced from the early 16th to the mid 17th centuries.
Long Description
The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature presents sweeping coverage and in-depth critical analysis of myriad aspects of the English literary landscape from the early 16th to the mid 17th centuries. Featuring over 400 clear and accessible entries on a wide range of writers and literary forms, this comprehensive three-volume collection covers canonical authors and their works - from John Skelton to John Milton - as well as a variety of previously under-considered areas, including women writers, writings in manuscript, ballads, cookbooks, and other popular literary forms. Entries are written by leading international scholars and biographical material on authors is presented in the context of cutting-edge critical discussion of literary works, with suggested readings for further study. With its unprecedented breadth of coverage, The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature is an indispensable resource for students and scholars alike.

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