The Oxford Companions are a browser's delight as well as a valuable aid in research. There are articles on authors, literary works and movements, characters, genres, forms, etc. It's worth having one on your desk. Earlier editions provide insight into literary and critical fashion and canon formation. Note too that there are Companions for other major national literatures (including Canadian, Irish, Scots, Australian, Spanish, French, and German, two from a feminist perspective--The Feminist Companion to Literature in English and The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States, The Oxford Companion to African American Literature, The Oxford Companion to American Theatre, and The Companion to African Literatures.
Numerous other titles in this series can be found by searching for the series title Cambridge Companions to Literature.
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