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Reference texts, like encyclopedias, directories, and dictionaries, can be starting points for research on a person or topic. Below are some titles for English that can be found in Beeghly Library.
The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Contemporary Dramatists by Ton Hoenselaars (Editor)
Call Number: refPR653 .C27 2012
While Shakespeare's popularity has continued to grow, so has the attention paid to the work of his contemporaries. The contributors to this Companion introduce the distinctive drama of these playwrights, from the court comedies of John Lyly to the works of Richard Brome in the Caroline era. With chapters on a wide range of familiar and lesser-known dramatists, including Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, John Webster, Thomas Middleton and John Ford, this book devotes particular attention to their personal and professional relationships, occupational rivalries and collaborations.
Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States by Emmanuel S. Nelson (Editor)
Call Number: refPS153.S39 E53 2009
In this two-volume work, hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries survey contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer American literature and its social contexts. * Hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries discuss authors, literary works, movements, genres, and social issues * An alphabetical list of entries offers a quick survey of the encyclopedia's contents * A guide to related topics quickly and conveniently directs readers to entries likely to interest them
Encyclopedia of Southern Literature by Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Call Number: refPS261 .S515 1997
ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of Southern Literature surveys the region's major authors, works, movements, genres, and themes as a method of illustrating its contributions to American and world literature. The alphabetically arranged entries contain biographical and literary history along with bibliographic citations, critical commentary, and cross-references.
The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature by Dino Franco Felluga (General Editor); Pamela K. Gilbert (Associate Editor); Linda K. Hughes (Associate Editor)
Call Number: refPR451 .E553 2015
Spans the full sweep of literary genres and figures that define this influential period, combining accessibility with an unmatched breadth of coverage and authoritative scholarship.