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Encyclopedia of the Literature of Empire
  • Format
  • Authored by: Mary Ellen Snodgrass
  • From the Series: Literary Movements
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816075247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7524-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 10/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 809
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 480


Encyclopedia of the Literature of Empire surveys the world's greatest literature about empires and imperialism, written by citizens of these empires and the colonized people who lived under their rule. More than 200 A-to-Z entries examine authors, classic works, themes, and concepts, all related to particular empires in history or the general topics of imperialism and colonialism. These concepts are increasingly important to literary studies today, and this new book will be a welcome addition for high school and college students interested in this literary movement. 

Entries include:

  • Writers who examined the topic of imperialism and life within empires, such as Anna Akhmatova (Soviet Union), Anita Desai (India), Ibn Battuta (North Africa and the Middle East), William Shakespeare (England), Thucydides (ancient Greece), Leo Tolstoy (Russia), Mark Twain (United States), Virgil (ancient Rome), and Elie Wiesel (Germany)
  • Works about empires and imperialism, such as Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad), the Ramayana, The Tempest (Shakespeare), and The Thousand and One Arabian Nights
  • Topics such as censorship, prison literature, protest literature, and translation
  • and more.


Indexes. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

Mary Ellen Snodgrass is the author of numerous award-winning reference works, including Encyclopedia of Fable, Encyclopedia of World Scriptures, Encyclopedia of Satirical Literature, Encyclopedia of Utopian Literature, and Facts On File's Encyclopedia of Gothic Literature and Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature, both in the Literary Movements series. She teaches Latin at Lenoir-Rhyne College.

Reviews and Awards

"...useful both in a literary and historical context...a good addition to all humanities collections."

Reference Reviews

"It is of use to students in both literature and political science. An excellent addition to college and university as well as large public libraries..."


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