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Abbey Theatre

Seán Hewitt

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2018-04-26

Abbey TheatreIntroductionThe Abbey Theatre, which is the National Theatre of Ireland, opened on 27 December 1904 with a trio of plays by W. B. Yeats (...

Alfred (King)

Nicole Discenza

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2016-07-27

Alfred KingIntroductionAlfred (b. 848/849–d. 899), King of Wessex, styled himself King of the Anglo-Saxons before his death. He was the youngest of at...

Alliterative Verse

Eric Weiskott

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2018-10-25

Alliterative VerseIntroductionAlliterative verse refers to a corpus of approximately three hundred unrhymed English poems, spanning the period c. 650–...

Ancrene Wisse, and the Katherine and Wooing Groups

Cate Gunn

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2016-03-31

Ancrene Wisse, and the Katherine and Wooing GroupsIntroductionAncrene Wisse is an important prose work of early Middle English, probably composed orig...

Anglo-Irish Poetry, 1500–1800

Andrew Carpenter

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2014-11-25

Anglo-Irish Poetry, 1500–1800IntroductionDespite its obvious limitations, the term “Anglo-Irish” is useful to describe material written in the English...

Anglo-Saxon Hagiography

Christine Rauer

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2017-10-25

Anglo-Saxon HagiographyIntroductionA substantial corpus of hagiography survives from the Anglo-Saxon period, composed between c. 700 and c. 1100. The ...

Arthurian Literature

Stephen Knight

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Arthurian Literature Introduction The myth of King Arthur has attracted writers and commentators for at least a thousand years. Starting in pr...

Austen, Jane

Katherine Halsey

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Jane AustenIntroductionJane Austen (b. 1775–d. 1817) was the author of six novels and a number of juvenile and unfinished works. Sense and Sensibility

Ballard, J. G.

Nicholas Ruddick

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2018-10-25

J. G. BallardIntroductionJames Graham Ballard (hereafter J. G. B.), was born in 1930 (d. 2009) into an English expatriate family and raised in the Int...

Barnes, Julian

Vanessa Guignery

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2020-10-28

Julian BarnesIntroductionJulian Barnes (b. 1946) is an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist who received considerable praise in 1984 wit...

Beckett, Samuel

Luke Thurston

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Samuel Beckett Introduction “You must choose,” Samuel Beckett’s title character Molloy tells us, “between the things not worth mentioning and ...

Behn, Aphra

Margarete Rubik

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2016-10-27

Aphra BehnIntroductionThe reputation of Aphra Behn (b. 1640–d. 1689) has undergone radical revisions in the course of time. She was renowned as a poet...

Biblical Literature

Mark Sweetnam

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2018-07-24

Biblical LiteratureIntroductionIt is difficult to imagine a set of truisms more obviously true than the statements that the Bible is a remarkable book...

Biography and Autobiography

Margaretta Jolly

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Biography and AutobiographyIntroductionThe history of life writing reflects the history of selfhood itself, particularly as it has tracked the rise of...

Blake, William

Jason Whittaker

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

William Blake Introduction William Blake (b. 1757–d. 1827) was a painter, engraver, and poet traditionally considered as being among the first...

Bowen, Elizabeth

Eibhear Walshe

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2015-07-28

Elizabeth Bowen Introduction One of the most important novelists of the 20th century, Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen (b. 1899–d. 1973) was born...

Brontë, Anne

Christine Alexander, Roslyn Jolly

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2017-06-27

Anne BrontëIntroductionUntil well into the 20th century, the reputation of Anne Brontë (b. 1820–d. 1849) as a writer rested largely on the fame of her...

Browne, Thomas

Kevin Killeen

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2016-02-25

Thomas BrowneIntroductionThomas Browne (b. 1605–d. 1682) was many things: natural philosopher, physician, religious writer, essayist, and prose stylis...

Burgess, Anthony

Jim Clarke

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2018-01-11

Anthony BurgessIntroductionJohn Anthony Burgess Wilson (b. 1917–d. 1993) was a prominent British-born novelist, composer, critic, essayist, journalist...

Burney, Frances

Hilary Havens, Peter Sabor

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Frances BurneyIntroductionFrances Burney (b. 1752–d. 1840), the third child of the famous musicologist Dr. Charles Burney and his wife, Esther Sleepe ...

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