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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:
2010
Subject:
Social sciences, Literature, Literary theory and cultural studies
Length:
207,076 words
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1
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
A Dictionary of Critical Theory

A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Literature, Literary theory and cultural studies, Social sciences
Length:
236,280 words
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2
Over 750 entries The most authoritative and up-to-date dictionary of critical theory available, covering the Frankfurt school, cultural materialism, cultural studies, gender ... 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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3
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
Illustration(s):
22
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:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
534,067 words
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2
'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:
2015
Subject:
Literature
Length:
430,399 words
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61
‘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
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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 Companion to the Brontes

The Oxford Companion to the Brontes   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
Length:
429,896 words
Illustration(s):
8
From Haworth to Heathcliff and from Wildfell Hall to The Wide Sargasso Sea, The Oxford Companion to the Brontes provides comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date information on the ... 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:
132,221 words
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1
'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
The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
1.66 million words
Illustration(s):
169
2006 ALA/RUSA Best Reference 2006 Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2006 Booklist Editor's Choice The Encyclopedia provides comprehensive coverage of ... More
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
1.09 million words
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401
2006 ALA/RUSA Best Reference 2006 Booklist Editor's Choice 2006 Library Journal Best Reference Written by an international roster of more than 300 authors, ... More
The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation

The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
490,742 words
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‘This is an impressive volume which is an indispensable reference work for anybody who takes an interest in literary translation’, Perspectives: Studies in ... More
Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
Length:
440,604 words
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3
Written in a lucid, easy style, The Oxford Reader’s Companion to Dickens draws together an unparalleled diversity of information on one of our greatest writers: his life, his works, his ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of Plays

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies - plays and playwrights, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
337,008 words
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‘informative, illuminating, and helpful … a remarkable achievement’ – Michael Billington, The Guardian Over 1,000 entries ... More
The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
Length:
1.51 million words
Illustration(s):
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Through three editions over more than four decades, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has built an unrivaled reputation as the most comprehensive and authoritative reference ... More

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