Literature & Culture

Subjects A-Z

ART

Smith, Paul and Carolyn Wilde (eds). A Companion to Art Theory. Blackwell Publishing, 2002. Blackwell Reference Online.

Chivers, Ian. The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists. OUP. Oxford Online, 2009.

Clarke, Michael and Deborah. Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. OUP. Oxford Online, 2003.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

  • chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.

Further subject related resources from Oxford Online

 

 

AUTHORS

CONTEMPORARY WRITERS IN THE UK

  • Contains up-to-date profiles of some of the UK and Commonwealth's most important living writers - their biographies, bibliographies, critical reviews, prizes and photographs.

Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB)

  • Our department library has a considerable number of specialized DLBs in print (volumes on national authors, genres, historical periods etc) under LX 152: 254. The information contained in them is not necessarly included in the online version. More volumes of the DLBs are available in the SULB.

    Literary Reference Center
  • This literary reference portal includes a section on authors (based on handbooks such as Dictionary of World Biography or Guide to Literary Masters and their work.

Michael Cox, ed. A Dictionary of Writers and their Works. Oxford Reference Online, 2001. 

www.literaryhistory.com

  • Begun in 1998, this index to free Internet articles on English and American literature is convenient and useful for students, scholars, writers, teachers, reading groups, and general readers. All links lead directly to articles meeting academic standards.

 

 

CULTURAL AND CRITICAL THEORY

Phelan, James and Peter J. Rabinowitz (eds). A Companion to Narrative Theory.Blackwell Publishing, 2005. Blackwell Reference Online. 

Payne, Michael (ed). Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory. Blackwell Publishing, 1997. Blackwell Reference Online. 

Miller, Toby (ed).A Companion to Cultural Studies. Blackwell Publishing, 2005. Blackwell Reference Online.

Schwarz, Henry and Sangeeta Ray (eds).A Companion to Postcolonial Studies.Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Blackwell Reference Online.  

Boehmer, Elleke and Stephen Morton (eds). Terror and the Postcolonial. Blackwell Publishing, 2010. Blackwell Reference Online. 

Goldberg, David Theo and John Solomos (eds). A Companion to Racial and Ethnic Studies. Blackwell Publishing, 2002. Blackwell Reference Online. 

The Postcolonial Studies Website (Emory University)

  • Resource for students of postcolonial literature and theory. Contains an introduction to postcolonial studies, information on key theorists and authors.

Literary History.com (Section: Postcolonial Literature)

  • Begun in 1998, this index to free Internet articles on English and American literature is convenient and useful for students, scholars, writers, teachers, reading groups, and general readers. All links lead directly to articles meeting academic standards.

CLA Guide to Literary and Critical Theory

  • a work in progress - written by Dino Felluga (Purdue U). Sections on Gender & Sex, Narratology, Marxism, New Historicism, Postmodernism and Psychoanalysis with brief definitions of terms, explanations of key concepts and their major representatives.

 

 

FILM AND MEDIA

Miller, Toby and Robert Stam (eds).A Companion to Film Theory. Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Blackwell Reference  Online. 

Stam, Robert and Alessandra Raengo (eds). A Companion to Literature and Film.Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Blackwell Reference Online. 

Valdivia, Angharad N. A Companion to Media Studies. Blackwell Publishing, 2005. Blackwell Reference Online. 

Wasko, Janet (ed). A Companion to Television. Blackwell Publishing, 2005. Blackwell Reference Online.

 

 

GENDER & SEXUALITY

Eagleton, Mary (ed). A Concise Companion to Feminist Theory. Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Blackwell Reference Online. 

Essed, Philomena, David Theo Goldberg and Audrey Kobayashi (eds). A Companion to Gender Studies. Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Blackwell Reference Online. 

Haggerty, George E. and Molly McGarry (eds). A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies. Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Blackwell Reference Online.

GLBTQ

  • Encyclopaedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer culture

 

 

GENRE

Beaumont, Matthew (ed). Adventures in Realism. Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Blackwell Reference Online.  

Quintero, Ruben (ed). A Companion to Satire: Ancient and Modern. Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Blackwell Reference Online.  

Bushnell, Rebecca (ed). A Companion to Tragedy. Blackwell Publishing, 2005. Blackwell Reference Online.  

 

 

LINGUISTICS

De Gruyter Reference Global

  • The SULB has a subscription for the refrence section "Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft" (60+ titles)

 

 

LITERARY TERMS

Baldick, Chris. Dictionary of Literary Terms. OUP. Oxford Online, 2008.

 

 

MEMORY

Erll, Astrid; Nünning, Ansgar; Young, Sara B.Berlin, eds. Cultural Memory Studies: An Interdisciplinary Handbook​​​​​​​. New York: de Gruyter, 2008

 

 

PLOT SUMMARIES

Arnold, Heinz Ludwig (Hg)Kindlers Literatur Lexikon

Literary Reference Center

  • This literary reference portal includes brief plot summaries from handbooks such as Bloom's Major Novelists

 

 

PHILOSOPHY/ HISTORY OF IDEAS

Philip Wiener, ed. Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas. New York: Scribners, 1973.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosopy

  • Peer-reveiwed source for "detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy." (website)

Glendinning, Simon.The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 1999.

Honderich, Ted. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: OUP, 1995.