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Literature Resource Center
Biographies, bibliographies and full-text critical analysis of authors from all genres and eras, including the contents of Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and Contemporary Literary Criticism.
Selected Reference Materials
The Routledge Companion to World Literature [e-resource]
Publication Date: 2013
Separated into four key sections, the volume covers: the history of World Literature through significant writers and theorists; the disciplinary relationship of World Literature to areas such as philology, translation, globalization and diaspora studies; theoretical issues in World Literature including gender, politics and ethics; a global perspective on the politics of World Literature.
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, 2nd ed. [e-resource]
Publication Date: 2015
From the conjectured identity of the Dark Lady of the Sonnets to the misprints in the First Folio, from Shakespeare's favorite figures of speech to the staging of Othello in South Africa, a team of 100 internationally renowned scholars provides a lucid, stimulating, and authoritative guide to Shakespeare's plays and poems, and their interpretation around the world over the last four centuries. Special feature entries on every play are included.
Critical Survey of Poetry by
Call Number: Clapp Reference PN1021 .C7 2003
A great starting point for research on poets, providing analyses and development of the poet's work with brief discussions of specific poems. Excellent annotated bibliographies for nearly 700 poets.
Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature
Call Number: Clapp Reference PN41 .E48 1998
A cross-cultural reference, encompassing eras from the ancient Greece of Aesop's fables to the modern America of Toni Morrison. Subject categories are diverse, including authors, genres, terms, and specific works, organized alphabetically, but accessible through a category list and a detailed index as well
, American Studies
, Cinema & Media Studies
, Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences
, Comparative Literature
, East Asian Languages & Cultures
, East Asian Studies
, German & German Cultural Studies
, Italian Studies
, Latin American Studies
, Russian & Russian Area Studies
Full Text Biographies
Biography (Gale In Context)
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