Gale Releases Two New Encyclopedias On World and American Literature

Farmington Hills, Mich., Oct. 27, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the publication of Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature and Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature.

Each four-volume set covers authors from many periods and genres, building a broad understanding of the various contexts –  from biographical to literary to historical – in which literature can be viewed. Each encyclopedia allows the reader to analyze an author’s work as a reflection of the heritage, traditions and experiences of the author’s personal life and the beliefs, events and lifestyles at the time.

“Many reference sources on literature contain only biographical with critical summaries of the author’s works. Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature and Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature expand on this and also include the study of literature moving from solely a study of literary criticism to include a review of contextual background,” said Meggin Condino, product manager at Gale.  “New curriculum standards focus on the relevance of literature to students and their personal response.  Beyond providing a contextual framework, these titles include questions to help students frame a response to literature or make connections between their modern lives – for example, a TV show such as Survivor – and literature from past times – such as The Lord of the Flies.”

Entries from Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature and Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature focus on the author and address his/her works and the context that surrounds them including:

  • Circumstances in the authors’ lives that are reflected in their work
  • Historical events affecting their work
  • Other authors and artists active at the same time
  • Common human themes – relevant globally – that appear in their work and what other works address those themes
  • How the author’s works were critically received over time

Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature and Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature are available in print and eBook format via the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected].

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