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Shelley, Percy Bysshe

Andrew Lacey

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2019-01-15

Percy Bysshe ShelleyIntroductionPercy Bysshe Shelley (b. 1792–d. 1822) is now recognized as a major writer, chiefly a poet, of the Romantic period. Hi...

Sidney, Mary, Countess of Pembroke

Margaret P. Hannay

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke Introduction Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke (b. 1561–d. 1621), was the first woman in England to be celeb...

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Thomas Hahn, Leah Haught

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Introduction Sir Gawain and the Green Knight stands in a class by itself as the most ambitious, most accomplis...

Smollett, Tobias

Aileen Douglas

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Tobias Smollett Introduction “I am so fatigued with the unremitting Labour of the Pen that I begin to loathe the sight of Paper” (from the 197...

Sonnet and Sonnet Sequence

John Roe

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Sonnet and Sonnet Sequence Introduction Although our brief here is to concentrate on the fortunes and achievements of the sonnet (and sonnet s...

Spenser, Edmund

Andrew Hadfield

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Edmund Spenser Introduction Edmund Spenser (b. 1554?–d. 1599) is one of the most significant poets writing in English, probably the most impor...

Sterne, Laurence

Paul Goring

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Laurence Sterne Introduction Within just weeks of the appearance of the first installment of Tristram Shandy in London in 1760, this eccentric...

Swift, Jonathan

Gregory Lynall

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2018-10-25

Jonathan SwiftIntroductionJonathan Swift (1667–1745) was born in Dublin to Anglo-Irish parents. He entered Trinity College Dublin in 1682 and in 1689 ...

Synge, John Millington

Soudabeh Ananisarab

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2017-04-27

John Millington SyngeIntroductionJohn Millington Synge (b. 1871–d. 1909) was an Irish playwright, poet, and prose writer. While his life was short-liv...

Thomas, Dylan

John Goodby

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-11-21

Dylan Thomas Introduction Dylan Thomas is a unique example of a “difficult” modernist poet who is also a popular writer. This used to be refle...

Thomas, R. S.

Damian Walford Davies

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

R. S. Thomas Introduction R. S. Thomas is acknowledged as Wales’s most distinguished anglophone poet of the second half of the 20th century. H...

Tóibín, Colm

Liam Harte

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2020-06-24

Colm TóibínIntroductionColm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford in 1955, the fourth of five children. His childhood was disrupted by the il...

Travel Writing

Alasdair Pettinger

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2016-10-27

Travel WritingIntroductionA minimal definition of travel writing might be any account of a journey or description of a place that is based on firsthan...

Trollope, Anthony

John McCourt

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2018-04-26

Anthony TrollopeIntroductionAnthony Trollope (b. 1815–d. 1882) was one of the most widely read, prolific, and respected novelists of the 19th century....

Tudor Literature

Cathy Shrank

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2014-01-13

Tudor Literature Introduction The 16th century saw many major developments in England: the consolidation and growth of the print trade; the re...

Utopian and Dystopian Literature to 1800

Steve Mentz, Erin M. Gallagher

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Utopian and Dystopian Literature to 1800 Introduction Few subgenres of European literature can be said to emerge from a single human imaginati...

Vampire Fiction

Dale Townshend

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Vampire FictionIntroductionAlthough historical anthropologists have traced back mythological tales of vampires and vampire-like creatures to ancient G...

Verse Satire from the Renaissance to the Romantic Period

Clare Bucknell

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2017-02-28

Verse Satire from the Renaissance to the Romantic PeriodIntroductionSatiric poetry has existed in some form since the Ancient Greek period, but the Ro...

Webster, John

Luke Wilson

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2014-01-13

John Webster Introduction The reputation of John Webster (b. 1580–d. 1634) as a playwright rests primarily on his two great tragedies, The Whi...

Welsh Poetry, Medieval

Helen Fulton

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2015-06-29

Medieval Welsh Poetry Introduction The surviving corpus of medieval Welsh poetry ranges in date of composition from c. 900 ce to the Acts of U...

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