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The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia of Modern Criticism and Theory
Offers the student and scholar of literary and cultural studies a comprehensive guide to the history and development of criticism in the humanities.

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Critical Terms for Literary Study - Frank Lentricchia and Thomas McLaughlin
Exploring the concepts that shape the way we read, the essays combine to provide an extraordinary introduction to the work of literature and literary study. Each essay provides a concise history of a literary term, critically explores the issues and questions the term raises, and then puts theory into practice by showing the reading strategies the term permits.

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A History of Feminist Literary Criticism
This book offers a comprehensive guide to the history and development of feminist literary criticism and a lively reassessment of the main issues and authors in the field.

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The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
An authoritative and international survey of world literature in English. The Guide covers everything from Old English to Contemporary Writing from all over the English-speaking world. It covers poems, novels, literary journals and plays.

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The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English
An A-Z reference work providing a critical and appreciative overview of English language children's books from across the world.

 

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  • Young Adult Literature
    From Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature: Young Adult Literature, typically regarded as REALISTIC FICTION for readers aged twelve through eighteen, is an American contribution to world literature that emerged during the 1940s when adolescence—the period between childhood and early adulthood—came to be regarded as a separate stage of human development. MORE
  • Young Adult Fiction
    From Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature: There is a considerable problem with the concept of literature for young adults. What is a young adult, and when does he or she become simply an adult? MORE

Authors

  • Walter Dean Myers (1937 - )
    From Encyclopedia of African-American Writing: When young Walter was just 3 years old, Herbert and Florence Dean adopted him and moved him from Martinsburg, West Virginia, to New York City's Harlem neighborhood. MORE
  • David Almond (1952 - )
    From The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English: British writer whose first children’s novel, Skellig (1998), had the rare distinction of being awarded both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award. MORE
  • Paul Zindel (1936 - 2003)
    From The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English: A prolific, award-winning American novelist of young adult fiction. MORE
  • Robert Cormier (1925 - 2000)
    From The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English: American novelist and journalist, Cormier is one of the most pessimistic of 20th-century children’s writers. MORE
  • Jane Yolen (1939 - )
    From Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature: Y. identifies herself as a storyteller, a literary practitioner who is more interested in metaphor and plot than in portraying facts. Her STORYTELLING is realized through POETRY, DRAMA, PICTURE BOOKS, FOLKLORE, short stories, and novels for children, teenagers, and adults. MORE
  • Jerry Spinelli (1941 - )
    From Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature: Author of children's and young adult books, S. spent most of his childhood in the West End of Norristown, Pennsylvania. MORE
  • Mildred Taylor (1943 - )
    From Encyclopedia of African-American Writing: When Mildred was just a few months old, her father had to flee from their home in Jackson, Mississippi, to avoid a violent confrontation with a white man. MORE
  • Philip Pullman (1946- )
    From The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English: Though he is best known for the series His Dark Materials, of which Northern Lights (published in America as The Golden Compass) has been the recipient of both Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award for Childrens Fiction awards, all Pullman’s work shares the same wit and intelligence. MORE
  • S(usan) E(loise) Hinton (1950 - )
    From The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English: American author credited with writing the first genuine young adult novel. Her novels are realistic, portraying contemporary male teens in troubling situations and their growth in overcoming these adverse circumstances. MORE
  • Gary Soto (1952 - )
    From The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Literature: Gary Soto is the Chicano poet who is most acclaimed in academic circles in the United States. MORE

Theories

  • Feminism: Topic Page
    Movement for the political, social, and educational equality of women with men; the movement has occurred mainly in Europe and the United States. It has its roots in the humanism of the 18th cent. and in the Industrial Revolution. MORE
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