Encyclopedia of Literature and Criticism

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Martin Coyle, Peter Garside, Malcolm Kelsall, John Peck
Routledge, Sep 11, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 1328 pages
This Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive guide yet both to the nature and content of literature, and to literary criticism. In ninety essays by leading international critics and scholars, the volume covers both traditional topics such as literature and history, poetry, drama and the novel, and also newer topics such as the production and reception of literature. Current critical ideas are clearly and provocatively discussed, while the volume's arrangement reflects in a dynamic way the rich diversity of contemporary thinking about literature.
Each essay seeks to provide the reader with a clear sense of the full significance of its subject as well as guidance on further reading.
An essential work of reference, The Encyclopedia of Literature and Criticism is a stimulating guide to the central preoccupations of contemporary critical thinking about literature.
Special Features
* Clearly written by scholars and critics of international standing for readers at all levels in many disciplines
* In-depth essays covering all aspects, traditional and new, of literary studies past and present
* Useful cross-references within the text, with full bibliographical references and suggestions for further reading
* Single index of authors, terms, topics
 

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Contents

II Literature and History
67
III Poetry
149
IV Drama
349
V The Novel
503
VI Criticism
651
VII Production and Reception
807
VIII Contexts
939
IX Perspectives
1111
X Afterword
1219
The Contributors
1237
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