From Isabel Allende to Emile Zola and from Shakespeare to Sartre, literary works have often engaged political issues, and many political writings give close attention to literary concerns. The first work of its kind, this 3-volume encyclopedia explores the complex relationship between literature and politics. International in scope, it covers its field from the ancient Greeks to the present. At the same time, the encyclopedia gives special attention to the conflicts and controversies of the modern world and to works written in English.
The encyclopedia contains more than 500 alphabetically arranged entries written by more than 200 expert contributors. These entries cover authors, critics, theorists, and historical figures; major literary works; national literatures and important literary movements; broad critical categories; and specific themes, concepts, and genres.
High school students and teachers will need this work to examine literature in its political contexts and to use literature to explore such pressing social issues as censorship and propaganda. Public libraries will want this work to support student research and to help general readers learn more about enduring political concerns through literary works. Academic libraries will find this reference a valuable guide for undergraduates studying literature, history, political science, law, and other disciplines.
- Synthesizes the research of more than 200 scholars
- Provides more than 500 substantive entries
- Entries cite current scholarship
- Includes an extensive bibliography
- Entries are fully cross-referenced, with a detailed index
- Aids students in understanding works central to the curriculum
- Introduces students to less widely read authors
- Helps students use literature to study contemporary political and social issues
- Reveals links between literature and history
- Helps students understand the contemporary significance of literary works
- Serves as a model for student analysis and writing
- Fosters interdisciplinary studies
- Challenges students to evaluate and assess rhetorical strategies and political views
- Exposes students to the literary and political traditions of different cultures and eras
- Encourages students to conduct further research
- Table of Contents
Alphabetical List of Entries
Categorical List of Entries
Notes on Contributors
"[T]he compilation of a large set on people and titles with strong political relevance may be valuable....Undergraduates and general readers."
"The merging of literary and political concepts makes this set ideal for interdisciplinary projects."
"The entries are up-to-date, jargon-free, and informative... authoritative and readable... an extremely interesting and ambitious resource."
"This set would be of value to students doing literary, historical, or cultural research. The merging of literary and political concepts makes it ideal for interdisciplinary and cross-curricular projects. Recommended."
"Academic libraries serving literature and politics courses should find this work well used."
"[E]xplores the complex relationship between literature and politics. The book gives special attention to the conflicts and controversies of the modern world and to works written in English. The Encyclopedia covers authors, critics, theorists, and historical figures; national literatures and important literary movements; broad critical categories; and specific themes, concepts, and genres."
"[T]his encyclopedia offers readers accurate, accessible overviews of national and regional literatures and entries about a representative group of well-known and lesser-known international literary figures whose work has affected regional politics and been influenced by political concerns."
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