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Chaucer, Geoffrey

Brendan O'Connell

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2016-08-30

Geoffrey ChaucerIntroductionIn the Prologue to what is probably the first work in English about a scientific instrument, Geoffrey Chaucer (b. c. 1340–...

Chorographical and Landscape Writing

Bridget Keegan

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2013-07-24

Chorographical and Landscape Writing ...

Coffeehouse

Markman Ellis

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Coffeehouse Introduction The coffeehouse is an important and distinctive social and cultural institution deeply embedded in modern notions of ...

Congreve, William

Paul Baines

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2014-09-29

William Congreve Introduction William Congreve (b. 1670–d. 1729) represents for many the refined culmination of the tradition of Restoration d...

Conrad, Joseph

Mark Larabee

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Joseph ConradIntroductionBorn Józef Teodor Konrad Nałęcz Korzeniowski in Russian-annexed Polish Ukraine, Joseph Conrad (b. 1857–d. 1924) spent twenty ...

Crime Fiction

Janice M. Allan

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2016-09-28

Crime FictionIntroductionAs an umbrella term for an increasingly diverse body of writing, “crime fiction” is a category recognized by readers across t...

Defoe, Daniel

Andreas Mueller

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2017-04-27

Daniel DefoeIntroductionSince the 1950s, not least due to the appearance of Ian Watt’s seminal study The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richards...

Dickens, Charles

Melisa Klimaszewski

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2014-05-29

Charles Dickens Introduction Charles Dickens (b. 1812–d. 1870) lived for fifty-eight years, and his writings have impacted readers for nearly ...

Donne, John

Hugh Adlington

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

John DonneIntroductionJohn Donne (b. 1572–d. 1631) continues to fascinate general readers and scholars alike. Donne himself chose to present his life ...

Dracula

Jarlath Killeen

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2015-03-30

DraculaIntroduction“I have more. My revenge has just begun! I spread it over centuries and time is on my side” (Count Dracula, Bram Stoker, Dracula, e...

Drama, Northern Irish

Eva Urban

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2014-01-13

Northern Irish Drama Introduction Northern Irish drama is a productive laboratory of political theater practice that has made a significant co...

Drayton, Michael

Sara Trevisan

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2014-01-13

Michael Drayton Introduction Michael Drayton (b. 1563–d. 1631) was one of the most versatile of English poets: he wrote sonnets and theatrical...

Early Modern Prose, 1500-1650

Andrew Hadfield

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Early Modern Prose, 1500–1650 Introduction Prose has, of course, always existed as a means of defining nonmetrical writing. It assumed particu...

Eliot, George

Fionnuala Dillane

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2016-07-27

George EliotIntroductionGeorge Eliot, born Mary Ann Evans near Coventry, England, in 1819, embodied in her life and work many of the defining transfor...

English Bible and Literature, The

Kevin Killeen

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

The English Bible and Literature Introduction The centrality of the Bible to Anglophone culture and to its literature is evident and everywher...

Epistolatory Novel, The

Siv Gøril Brandtzæg

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

The Epistolary Novel Introduction The epistolary novel is a genre most closely associated with the 18th century. During this period, the genre...

Erotic, Obscene, and Pornographic Writing, 1660-1900

Hal Gladfelder

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2016-11-28

Erotic, Obscene, and Pornographic Writing, 1660–1900IntroductionSince there is no recorded use of the word “pornography” in English before 1842, there...

Everyman

Charlotte Steenbrugge

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2016-06-28

EverymanIntroductionIt is safe to claim that Everyman is the medieval English play best known outside the field of medieval drama scholarship. The pla...

Famine

Margaret Kelleher

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Famine Introduction The Great Irish Famine, of 1845 to 1851, had a catastrophic impact on Irish society, causing the deaths of over a million ...

Ferrier, Susan

Ainsley McIntosh

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Susan Ferrier Introduction Susan Edmonstone Ferrier (b. 1782–d. 1854) is a notable figure in the history of Scottish women’s writing. Despite ...

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