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English Literature: Background Info

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Chambers Dictionary of Literary CharactersChambers Dictionary of Literary Characters: Provides an invaluable guide to the wealth of characters created by writers in English.

Critical Terms for Literary StudyCritical Terms for Literary Study: Exploring the concepts that shape the way we read, the essays combine to provide an extraordinary introduction to the work of literature and literary study. Each essay provides a concise history of a literary term, critically explores the issues and questions the term raises, and then puts theory into practice by showing the reading strategies the term permits.

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Search below for full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines. These are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.Try typing in the title of the text with which you're working. 

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