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  • Drama for Students, Vol. 1

    Drama for Students, Vol. 1

    Provides critical overviews of the most-studied plays of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Includes discussions of themes, characters, critical reception, dramatic devices and traditions as well as cultural and historical context.

  • Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels

    Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels

    Focuses on English-language comics, plus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works, with special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s.

  • The Encyclopedia of Vampires & Werewolves, ed. 2

    The Encyclopedia of Vampires & Werewolves, ed. 2

    Provides more than 500 entries exploring the supernatural aspects of these creatures and their pop culture counterparts.

  • Epics for Students, ed. 2

    Epics for Students, ed. 2

    Provides critical overviews of literary epics of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Includes discussions of themes, characters, literary traditions and cultural context.

  • The Greenwood Library of World Folktales: Stories from the Great Collections

    The Greenwood Library of World Folktales: Stories from the Great Collections

    Covers tales that are the foundations of the world's traditions, literature, and popular culture and are fundamental to daily life.

  • Novels for Students, Vol. 1

    Novels for Students, Vol. 1

    Provides critical overviews of novels from various cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the work's cultural and historical significance.

  • Poetry for Students, Vol. 1

    Poetry for Students, Vol. 1

    Features discussion and analysis of poems of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Provides an overview of the poem and discussion of its principal themes, images, form and construction.

  • The Rough Guide to Manga

    The Rough Guide to Manga

    Features the manga story (a Japanese style of comic books) covering manga's twelfth-century roots to the rise of English-language manga with profiles of influential creators like Leiji Matsumoto and CLAMP.

  • Shakespeare for Students, ed. 2: Critical Interpretations of Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry

    Shakespeare for Students, ed. 2: Critical Interpretations of Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry

    Collection of essays by Shakespeare scholars that have been selected for students at the high school or undergraduate college level. Each entry includes an introduction; a plot synopsis; a character list; a discussion of the work's principal themes; information about the style and literary devices used; a conversation about the work's historical context; and a critical overview.

  • Short Stories for Students, Vol. 1

    Short Stories for Students, Vol. 1

    Provides critical overviews of short stories from all cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the story's cultural and historical significance.

  • Something About the Author, Vol. 148

    Something About the Author, Vol. 148

    Provides illustrated biographical articles on authors and illustrators of works for children and young adults, ranging from established award winners to less prominent authors and illustrators whose works are just coming to be recognized, from past centuries through today. Covers such genres as picture books, humor, folk and fairy tales, mystery and adventure, science fiction and fantasy, historical fiction, poetry and nonsense verse, drama, biography, and nonfiction.

  • The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales, 2nd ed.

    The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales, 2nd ed.

    This Companion is an authoritative reference source for the complex and captivating genre of the fairy tale. It provides full coverage of stories and characters, from Ali Baba, Aladdin, and Cinderella, to Hansel and Gretel, the Moomins, and Tom Thumb, along with the writers who wrote and reworked them, such as Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll, J. R. R. Tolkien, A. S. Byatt, and Gabriel García Márquez, and the artists who illustrated them, including Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs, and Maurice Sendak. The Companion also examines related topics such as Disney, film, opera, science fiction, music, even advertising. Special survey articles explore the development of the fairy-tale tradition in individual countries, focusing particularly on the European and North American traditions. Written by a team of over 70 specialist contributors from around the world, this is an essential companion for anyone interested in literature, film, or art, or for anyone who values the traditions of storytelling.

  • The Oxford Companion to German Literature

    The Oxford Companion to German Literature

    This new edition of Henry and Mary Garland's classic Oxford Companion to German Literature substantially revises and extends its coverage. Designed to be a reliable source of information on the whole sweep of literature from German-speaking countries from the eighth century onwards, the Companion now comes right up to the mid–1990s, including recent works such as Günter Grass's controversial novel about the unification of East and West Germany, Ein weites Feld (1995). The entries cover authors and their major works, as well as historical, intellectual, and cultural backgrounds. Subjects include Kafka and Kleist, Werther and Christa Wolf, Nietzsche and the Nibelungenlied, Jung and Jelinek, Rilke and Die Reformation. For this new edition much of the original material has been reworked in the light of recent scholarship, and many completely new entries have been added, for example those on Rose Ausländer, Günter de Bruyn, and Yiddish. This is an indispensable reference book for everyone with an interest in the literature and literary culture of the German-speaking world.

  • The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, 2nd ed.

    The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, 2nd ed.

    From the conjectured identity of the Dark Lady of the Sonnets to the misprints in the First Folio, from Shakespeare’s favourite 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. Now revised and updated to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this much-loved Companion reflects developments and discoveries made in recent years as well as the performance, interpretation, and influence of Shakespeare’s works up to the present day.

  • Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

    Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

    Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature: An encyclopedia of American literary history from the 1600s to the present day including essays on poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists, as well as major works and essays on literary movements, periods, and themes.

  • Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

    Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

    Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature: Provides coverage of the history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages: Anglo-Saxon, English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, and Latin.

  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

    Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

    Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature: Includes brief biographies of major authors and illustrators, essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, prominent trends and themes, and general essays on the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world.

  • The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th ed.

    The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th ed.

    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 for students, scholars, and poets on all aspects of its subject: history, movements, genres, prosody, rhetorical devices, critical terms, and more. Now this landmark work has been thoroughly revised and updated for the twenty-first century. Compiled by an entirely new team of editors, the fourth edition--the first new edition in almost twenty years--reflects recent changes in literary and cultural studies, providing up-to-date coverage and giving greater attention to the international aspects of poetry, all while preserving the best of the previous volumes At well over a million words and more than 1,000 entries, the Encyclopedia has unparalleled breadth and depth. Entries range in length from brief paragraphs to major essays of 15,000 words, offering a more thorough treatment-including expert synthesis and indispensable bibliographies-than conventional handbooks or dictionaries. This is a work that no reader or writer of poetry will want to be without.

  • Green's Dictionary of Slang

    Green's Dictionary of Slang

    Green's Dictionary of Slang from Oxford: Covering five centuries of the English-speaking regions of the world, this dictionary provides definitions to impertinent, vile, censored, hip, witty, and fascinating slang words.