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The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, 4 Volume Set

Dino Franco Felluga (General Editor), Pamela K. Gilbert (Associate Editor), Linda K. Hughes (Associate Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-40538-3
1944 pages
August 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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  • 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
  • Comprises over 330 cross-referenced entries ranging from 1,000 to 7,000 words, arranged in A-Z format
  • >Brings together an impressive team of established and emerging literary scholars from around the world, including including Patrick Brantlinger, Regenia Gagnier, Catherine Gallagher, Kate Flint, and Herbert F. Tucker
  • Features in-depth omnibus entries exploring major topics, including the novel, plays, poetry, and global Victorian studies, alongside succinct entries on themes such as cosmopolitanism, journalism, race, sexuality, and reading
  • Explores the global influence of this literary era on countries and continents from Australia,Afghanistan, and the Arctic, to Africa, China, and the Caribbea
  • Offers an indispensable resource to the current state and future directions of Victorian literature
  • 2016 RUSA Outstanding Reference Sources Winner

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Author Information

Dino Franco Felluga is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University. He is also the editor of BRANCH (Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History at branchcollective.org), one of the founders of the North American Victorian Studies Association (serving as its President from 2003 to 2014), and the author of The Perversity of Poetry (2006) and Critical Theory: The Key Concepts (forthcoming).

Pamela Gilbert is the Albert Brick Professor of English at the University of Florida. She has published widely in the areas of Victorian literature, cultural studies and the history of medicine. Her recent books include A Companion to Sensation Fiction (ed., Wiley, 2011).

Linda K. Hughes is Addie Levy Professor of Literature at Texas Christian University, specializing in Victorian literature and culture, with particular interests in the intersections of gender, genre, and publishing history, including the transnational circulation of texts. She is co-editor of the 4-volume A Feminist Reader: Feminist Thought from Sappho to Satrapi (with Sharon M. Harris, 2013).

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"The comprehensive nature of the set distinguishes it from earlier works, such as the Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era (CH, Sep'04, 42-0047) published by Grolier. Sturdily bound, well indexed, and illustrated with pertinent black-and-white figures, the computer-generated, double-column text is easy on the eye." (Choice 2016)

"The greatest strength of the Encyclopedia is its truly magisterial range of subjects. As expected, the Victorian novel is accorded due weight, with no less than 11 essays examining every aspect of this dominant form, from adventure stories to triple-decker manifestations, and the canonical authors like Dickens and Tennyson are all present. However, many less popular or well-known figures like George Meredith or the Chartist poet and autodidact Thomas Cooper have also been included." (Reference Reviews 2016)
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