A Dictionary of Literary Symbols
Explains and illustrates the literary symbols that we all frequently encounter (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), and gives hundreds of cross-references and quotations.
Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature
Composed of signed biographical-critical entries, this Encyclopedia serves as both guide and companion to the study and appreciation of American literature.
Critical Terms for Literary Study
Exploring the concepts that shape the way we read, the essays combine to provide an extraordinary introduction to the work of literature and literary study. Each essay provides a concise history of a literary term, critically explores the issues and questions the term raises, and then puts theory into practice by showing the reading strategies the term permits.
Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century
Contains entries that treat a broad range of individual poets and poems, along with many articles devoted to topics, schools, or periods of American verse in the century.
Key Terms in Literary Theory
This book provides precise definitions of terms and concepts in literary theory, along with explanations of the major movements and figures in literary and cultural theory and an extensive bibliography.
The Chronology of American Literature
An authoritative reference and an ideal browser's guide, this book outlines the indispensable information in America's rich literary past - from major publications to lesser-known gems - while also identifying larger trends along the literary timeline.
The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story
With lucid essays on major writers and themes by some of the best literary scholars in the United States, this title offers readers a wealth of information and insight into the work of many of the finest short story writers in literary history.
The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
A comprehensive reference work dealing with all aspects of poetry: its history, types, movements, prosody, and critical terminology.
Topics in American Literature
African-American Writers: A Dictionary
A timely survey of an important sector of American letters, African American Writers examines a multitude of black cultural leaders from the 18th century to the present.
Brewer's Curious Titles
The fascinating story behind titles including quotations, allusions, and odd or bizarre or otherwise intriguing titles.
Chambers Dictionary of Literary Characters
Provides an invaluable guide to the wealth of characters created by writers in English.
Concise Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature
Contains topic-based essays, geo-historical surveys of individual countries, critical biographies on individual writers, and critical summaries of representative works.
Encyclopedia of African-American Writing
Covers the role and influence of African-American cultural leaders, from all walks of life, from the 17th century to the present.
Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Literature, 1900-2003
Draws together entries on all aspects of literature including authors, critics, major works, magazines, genres, schools and movements in these regions from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day.
Keywords for Children's Literature
Keywords for Children’s Literature presents original essays on the essential terms and concepts of the field. From Aesthetics to Young Adult, an impressive, multidisciplinary cast of scholars explores the vocabulary central to the study of children's literature.
The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia of Modern Criticism and Theory
Offers the student and scholar of literary and cultural studies the most comprehensive guide to the history and development of criticism in the humanities.