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)
"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, July 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." (Booklist, 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 ... 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 ... General editor Ryan 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 - of the 3-volume Encyclopedia of the Novel)