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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Language reference, History of English, Literature, Literary theory and cultural studies
Length:
1.34 million words
Illustration(s):
10
Much loved for its wit and wisdom since 1870, Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable takes you on a captivating adventure through its trademark blend of language, culture, myth and ... More
A Dictionary of Critical Theory

A Dictionary of Critical Theory   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Literature, Literary theory and cultural studies
Length:
207,076 words
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This is the most wide-ranging and up-to-date dictionary of critical theory available, covering the whole range of critical theory, including the Frankfurt school, cultural materialism, ... More
Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Philosophy, Literature, Literary reference works
Length:
1.29 million words
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This is an encyclopedic dictionary covering hundreds of important philosophical, literary, and political terms and concepts that defy easy--or any--translation from one language and ... More
The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
762,682 words
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2
‘a superb act of homage at a critical moment in French literary fortunes’, Observer This Companion is a new and completely reconceived work, ... More
The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

The Oxford Companion to Chaucer   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (early and medieval)
Length:
377,896 words
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Written by an international team of scholars, the Oxford Companion to Chaucer provides a wealth of clear, up-to-date assessments on all aspects of Chaucer. Entries provide information on ... More
The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature

The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature (2 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
503,654 words
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'a learned and totally addictive guide’ – The Times Over 3,600 entries The last thirty years have witnessed one of the most fertile periods in ... More
The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature

The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Classical studies
Length:
496,787 words
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1
‘a volume for all seasons... indispensable’—Times Educational Supplement The third edition of The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature is the complete ... More
The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (2 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Literature
Length:
387,260 words
Illustration(s):
60
‘thoroughly researched, impartial, scholarly, wonderfully illustrated and enormous fun’ – The Independent on Sunday Over 1,000 entries ... More
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
531,069 words
Illustration(s):
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‘A wonderful treasure-house of information and insight’ – Dame Judi Dench Over 3,200 entries From the conjectured identity of the Dark Lady of ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Literary theory and cultural studies
Length:
132,209 words
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'This dictionary's virtues and its plain-spokenness make it … as apt to the bedside table as to the desk: Dr Baldick is a Brewer for specialized tastes' – Times Literary ... More

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