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Welcome to the Research Guide for WRIT 137: The Novels of Jane Austen.
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Specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks can be a great place to start to find
- a general overview of your topic, often written by scholars in the field
- suggestions for other sources
- definitions of key terms
- vocabulary (keywords) for database searching
Encyclopedia of Romanticism: Culture in Britain, 1780s-1830s [e-book]
"This encyclopedia is designed to survey the social, cultural and intellectual climate of English Romanticism from approximately the 1780s and the French Revolution to the 1830s. ... Focusing on "the spirit of the age", the book deals with the aesthetic, scientific, socioeconomic--indeed the human--environment in which the Romantics flourished."
Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, 1760-1850 [e-book]
Articles on prominent individuals, survey articles on history and literature during the Romantic Era, and other significant topics. Outside of Britain, includes significant content on Germany, France, Spain, and other European nations.
The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1740-1830 (e-book)
Publication Date: 2004
The first part of the volume focuses on broad themes including taste and aesthetics, national identity and empire, and key cultural trends such as sensibility and the gothic. The second part takes up the work of individual writers including Austen.
A Jane Austen Encyclopedia
Call Number: Clapp Reference PR4036 A28 1988
A detailed guide to the life and career of Jane Austen, with entries on her characters, family members, works, and themes. Includes a chronology of her life and literary/historical contexts. (Print only)
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, East Asian Studies
, German & German Cultural Studies
, Italian Studies
, Latin American Studies
, Russian & Russian Area Studies