The Encyclopedia of the Novel
January 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
The entries in this encyclopedia are written by an international cast of scholars and overseen by an advisory board of 37 leading specialists in the field. Arranged in A-Z format across two fully indexed and meticulously cross-referenced volumes, the entries explore the history and tradition of the novel in different areas of the world; formal elements of the novel (such as narrative structure, plot, character, and narrative perspective); technical aspects of the genre (such as realism, dialogue, and style); subgenres, including the bildungsroman and the graphic novel; theoretical problems; book history; and the relationship of the novel to other arts and disciplines.
Alphabetical List of Entries.
List of Entries by Topic.
Board of Advisors.
The Novel A–L.
African American Novel.
Ancient Narratives of China.
Ancient Narratives of South Asia.
Ancient Narratives of the West.
Arabic Novel (Mashreq).
Asian American Novel.
British Isles (18th Century).
British Isles (19th Century).
British Isles (20th Century).
Definitions of the Novel.
Early American Novel.
Eastern and Central Africa.
Figurative Language and Cognition.
France (18th Century).
France (19th Century).
France (20th Century).
Hebrew Novel (Israel).
History of the Novel.
Jewish American Novel.
Latina/o American Novel.
The Novel M–Z.
North Africa (Maghreb).
Novel Theory (19th Century).
Novel Theory (20th Century).
Paper and Print Technology.
Rhetoric and Figurative Language.
Russia (18th–19th Century).
Russia (20th Century).
Southeast Asian Archipelago.
Southeast Asian Mainland.
Southern Cone (South American).
Speech Act Theory.
Surrealism/Avant Garde Novel.
United States (19th Century).
United States (20th Century).
Index of Novelists.
Peter Melville Logan is Professor of English at Temple University, USA and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Temple. He specializes in nineteenth-century British literature, critical theory, the history of the novel, and the history of science. He is the author of Victorian Fetishism: Intellectuals and Primitives (2009) and Nerves and Narratives: A Cultural History of Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century British Prose (1997), as well as articles on Victorian popular culture, George Eliot, and Matthew Arnold.
Olakunle George is Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at Brown University, USA, where he teaches African literary and cultural studies, Afro-Diasporic cultural criticism, and Anglo-American literary theory. He is the author of Relocating Agency: Modernity and African Letters (2003) and articles in Comparative Literature Studies, Diacritics, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, and Representations.
Susan Hegeman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA, where she specializes in twentieth-century American literature, popular culture, cultural history, and critical theory. She is the author of Patterns for America: Modernism and the Concept of Culture (1999) and The Cultural Return (forthcoming 2011).
Efrain Kristal is Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, where he is also Professor of Spanish and French. He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Latin American Novel (2005) and Jorge Luis Borges's Poems of the Night (2010), and the author of numerous books and articles on literature, translation studies, and aesthetics.
“It is an invaluable work for students and researchers. It will enable undergraduates to gain an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical issues that underpin their studies, and researchers will be able to examine aspects of their chosen interest in depth, within the context of a worldview.” (Reference Reviews, 2011)
"It is an invaluable work for students and researchers. It will enable undergraduates to gain an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical issues that underpin their studies, and researchers will be able to examine aspects of their chosen interest in depth, within the context of a worldview." (Emerald Insight, 5 February 2012)
"Edited by Logan (Temple Univ.), a renowned English professor, The Encyclopedia of the Novel is a quality reference tool depicting the novel as a literary genre . . . This is a solid resource for anyone interested in literature and the novel's history and influence. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. " (Choice, 1July 2011)
"Part of Blackwell Reference Online, the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature is a database with content from several new stand-alone scholarly literature reference sets. Together, they provide almost 1,000 entries on the history, terminology, genres, and theory of the novel; major writers, works, movements, and genres of twentieth-century British, American, and world fiction; and terms and concepts related to post-1900 literary and cultural theory. The database would be a good investment for libraries that want to acquire the content." (Mary Ellen Quinn, Booklist, April 2011)
"These three stand-alone titles work well together; overlapping entries complement rather than duplicate each other. Four planned but as yet unpublished titles in this seven-title series are The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature , The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature , The Encyclopedia of the Gothic , and The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies . It would be nice to see a single cumulative or series index tying all seven together to create the most efficient access method for the serious researcher. Part of the larger series, these first three titles can be purchased separately or all together for $1,585 (ISBN 9781444320886).
The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory. 3 vols. Wiley-Blackwell. (Encyclopedia of Literature). 2011. 1544p. ed. by Michael Ryan. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781405183123. $495. Online: Blackwell Reference Online REF
Based on the premise that literature mirrors life, which mirrors the surrounding society and culture, this unique work employs 320 signed articles written by 223 academic contributors at various Anglo-American institutions to connect literature and sociology. Organized in dictionary format within time period and type of theory (social or literary), articles range from two and three-quarters pages ("Abrams, M.H.") to 11½ pages ("Narrative Theory"). Each entry includes a bibliography. Volumes 1 and 2 cover literary theories between 1900 and 1966 and from 1966 to the present day. Cultural theories appear in Volume 3. See also references incorporating entries in all three volumes, cross-references within the text, and a detailed index ensure easy research access. Overall, the volume editors provide good coverage, though this work could be stronger. For example, the literary movement realism is discussed only as it pertains to the modernism movement despite its having been prevalent during the 19th century. General editor Ryan (film & media arts, Temple Univ.) has authored several books, including Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction. BOTTOM LINE An excellent resource for those attempting to tie literature to the society surrounding it. Recommended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in literature, writing, sociology, and anthropology.-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX
The Encyclopedia of the Novel. 2 vols. Wiley-Blackwell. (Encyclopedia of Literature). 2011. 1024p. ed. by Peter Melville Logan. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781405161848. $350. Online: Blackwell Reference Online REF
The 143 signed, alphabetically arranged five- (e.g., "Feminist Theory" and "Gender Theory") to nine-page (e.g., "Narrator" and "Authorship") articles written by 134 academic (and one nonacademic, Hyphen Press founder Robin Kinross) authors include short bibliographies, thorough See also notes, and cross-references within the articles. Volume 2 also contains an author index and a detailed subject index. The text is very readable, but because the editors take a global approach and rely on a very broad definition of "novel," many genres and subgenres will be unfamiliar to the average reader, making this title most appropriate to the academic world. This set could be even better if the editors split several complex articles into two or more articles. For example, in a global rather than a local view, copyright and libel are treated together in a brief six pages ("Copyright/Libel"), leaving the reader wanting more. Logan (Victorian Fetishism: Intellectuals and Primitives ) teaches English at Temple University. BOTTOM LINE Intended for the advanced literature student, this set will overwhelm the average reader. Recommended for upper-class undergraduate and graduate literature and writing majors.-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX