What Our Users Say About the Literary Encyclopedia

  • “The Literary Encyclopedia is proving an invaluable resource for students at Dulwich College. The constantly expanding collection of articles written by academics from around the world provides students with relevant and reliable information to enhance the quality of their research and enables them to write in confidence knowing that the information that they have read is authoritative. The author chronologies provide an additional benefit allowing students to put an author's works into historical context. A fantastic resource!” Paul Fletcher (Head of Libraries, Dulwich College, London)
  • “I love this resource and frequently use it in my work with undergraduates at Colby College.” Sara Prahl (Reference & Instruction Librarian, Colby College, USA)
  • “I'd just like to say how clear, straighforward and useful I find the articles. It has been especially useful during revision in the last couple of weeks, thank you very much for the recommendation.” Daisy Willett (BA student Year 2, Durham University)
  • “I am extremely thankful to the Literary Encyclopaedia for all the helpful information that it has provided throughout my honours course this year. The site is user-friendly and insightful. Please keep up the fantastic work you're doing!” Kyle Knickelbein (BA student, University of Fort Hare in East London, South Africa)
  • “I love the LE! I subscribed even though I've finished my studies because it's so interesting and useful. While a student, I found the LE an invaluable tool and a legitimate source for research. I knew that my tutors would approve of my use of the site as the articles are written by academics scholars. The further research available through the recommended reading and web resources is incredibly helpful.” Hayley Cameron (former BA student, University of Dundee)
  • “The Literary Encyclopedia has been a fantastic resource throughout both my graduate and undergraduate studies. Whether it be to expand or focus research, the site is always ready with quick, concise guidance in the right direction. It has often made clear to me in minutes some of the more complex concepts over which I had been agonizing for weeks, as well as placing them comprehensibly in a larger theoretical framework. The clear layout saves huge amounts of time and energy, and has helped both to anchor and propel many an essay-writing process. I refer to it many times a week.” Nicole Bahbout (MA student, King's College London)
  • “I have contributed two articles to the Literary Encyclopedia. It is without a doubt one of the most relevant sources for students in the arts, humanities and social sciences in particular, as it provides serious, up-to-date, and most importantly accurate and critical information about key authors and texts. A wonderful resource. The editors are most helpful and efficient, and I am happy to be a part of such a tremendous collective effort.” Pierre-Alexis Mevel (PhD student, Department of French, University of Nottingham)
  • “The Literary Encyclopedia is an essential resource for students and even for instructors seeking background information on or critical approaches to a vast array of authors and works. Today's undergraduates expect to be able to use online sources for their study of literature; The Literary Encyclopedia guarantees that students have a resource their instructors can depend on for accurate and insightful starting points for reading and research. In other words, this resource gives teachers a trustworthy alternative to less reliable internet sources that students are likely to find on their own. Moreover, instructors will appreciate this resource for their own preparation and research.” Daniel Robinson (Professor of English, Widener University, USA)
  • “The Literary Encyclopedia is a highly useful tool for teachers and researchers alike. On my course websites I often place links to the Literary Encyclopedia pages dedicated to the authors we study. As a researcher I enjoy using the Timeline interface, which can generate a chronology on decolonization in Africa or produce a contextualizing timeline of political events for Olive Schreiner's 1911 study Woman and Labour. The updated interface and the new ways of encouraging users to draw on the resources available in the database (bookshelves dedicated to frequently taught topics, lists of recommended readings, and an essay prize for students) are further valuable components.” Monica Popescu (Lecturer, McGill University, Canada)
  • “The Literary Encyclopedia is a reliable and well managed resource that staff and students would benefit from using.” Mary Grover (Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
  • “I find the LE an invaluable resource on at least a weekly basis.” Eluned Summers-Bremner (Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland, NZ)
  • “The Literary Encyclopedia carries its scholarship lightly. Its entries are couched in straightforward language but deal with the profound and the informative. I use it all the time for academic research, for extending the knowledge and understanding of the undergraduates I teach, and for publishing my own writing.” Val Scullion (Lecturer, The Open University, UK)
  • “The Literary Encyclopaedia is a project I see as a significant contribution to global literary scholarship.” Caroline Webb (Senior Lecturer, The University of Newcastle, Australia)
  • “I wish you all the best for expanding LitEncyc, which I consider a very valuable tool. I recommend it constantly to my students; I think it is very important for us teachers to be able to show students that there are excellent online resources at their disposal. In the age of digital affluence it seems also pedagogically wise to 'ween' them from trusting too easily in Wikipedia and others that do not meet academic requirements.” Dominik Wallerius (PhD student and Tutor, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany)
  • “The Literary Encyclopedia is a tremendous resource. It has become a lighthouse for me and my students in this world where information so quickly becomes misinformation. It is a safe haven of insight as I shape my classes, and full of valuable expertise I know I can trust. I deeply enjoy this resource to enrich my personal growth and insight. I would be lost without it.” Jamie Laurens (High School teacher, amateur scholar)
  • “I must thank you for all the hard work that you have carried out in creating The Literary Encyclopedia. I find it of great benefit, especially for finding out about books and writers from outside the English-speaking world. It covers the writers that other literary sites don't, and that is what makes it such a terrific resource.” Allan Hall (user)