Tag Archives: Encyclopedias

From Ackroyd to Zadie: JB and Britlit

I wrote the entry on J.B. Priestley for a new encyclopaedia, which will be an essential resource for those studying literature.  The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction is published by Wiley-Blackwell this December.

Arranged into three volumes covering British and Irish Fiction, American Fiction, and World Fiction, the encyclopaedia includes over 500 entries, and (to quote the web page):

  • “Features major writers and their key works.
  • Covers all genres and sub-genres of fiction in English across the twentieth-century, including crime fiction, science fiction, chick lit, the noir novel, naturalist fiction, and the avant-garde novel.
  • Deals with the major movements, debates, and rubrics within the field (Angry Young Men fiction, censorship and the novel, globalisation and the novel, modernist fiction, fiction and the film industry, historiographic metafiction, and rewritings of canonical English narratives)”.

I’ll add links to reviews as they appear.

(I made up Britlit – I think.  It could also be Britfic).


Peacepedia published

Oxford international encyclopedia of peace

Oxford international encyclopedia of peace

Launched today at Bradford University, the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, which will offer a comprehensive resource for peace studies, including key people, events, and ideas. Published in four volumes by Oxford University Press, the encyclopedia is edited by former Bradford colleague Nigel Young and includes many contributions from Bradford staff past and present.

This list from the OUP website gives an idea of the richness of the content, which is also available electronically by subscription:

“World Leaders: Mohandas Gandhi, Margaret Mead, César Chávez, Martin Luther King, Jr., Lucretia Mott.

Major Events: The Cuban Missile Crisis, Dayton Accords, Good Friday Agreement, Lebanon Hostage Crisis.

Organisations: Greenpeace, League of Nations, United Nations, Save the Children, International Committee of the Red Cross.

Theories: Just War, Civil Disobedience, Conscientious Objection, Feminism and Peace, Postcolonialism and Peace, Power and Nonviolence Theory, Eco-Pacifism, Gay Rights.

In the News: Chemical and Biological Weapons, Human Rights, War Crimes, Terrorism, Nuclear Disarmament.”

Peacepedia in the Dales

Here’s an article in the Craven Herald Saturday 9 January 2010 about the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace (the editor, Professor Nigel Young, lives in the Craven area).  The encyclopedia features many contributions from University of Bradford and Commonweal people.

Peacepedia 2009

Special Collections staff and many of our University of Bradford and Commonweal colleagues past and present have been involved in creating a new encyclopaedia surveying the historical, political, theoretical, and philosophical issues relating to peace and conflict.  To be published later in 2009 by Oxford University Press, the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace will be available in 4 volumes and also online.

Contributors from the University include Peace Studies staff members Peter van den Dungen, Tom Gallagher, Paul Rogers, Tom Woodhouse, John Allcock and Antonia Young.  Alison Cullingford of Special Collections and Caro Noake the Peace Studies Librarian have also written sections.