Structure and Organisation

Content-wise, The Literary Encyclopedia is divided into Parts, Volumes and Chapters. Parts are usually defined by country and may be subdivided into Volumes devoted to historical periods. All Encyclopedia records are assigned to a specific volume, whose number, title and editorial supervision is displayed immediately under the title. All volumes can be browsed by clicking on the volume number.

Main articles in The Literary Encyclopedia are divided into three databases, People, Works and Context.

  • People – includes basic data on over 7465 people (3372 with full profiles), mainly writers, but also philosophers, scientists, artists, historical figures and others of note. You can browse a list of completed profiles.
  • Works – includes over 32624 works (3891 completed), mainly literary, but also philosophical and scientific, which are indexed by date, genre and country. A large part of these are listed for bibliographical purposes, while others will be profiled as the Encyclopedia expands and develops. You can browse a list of completed profiles.
  • Context – includes four types of records: short notes of 50 to 500 words - historical context notes (comprising major acts of parliament, wars, battles, epidemic diseases scientific and technological inventions, etc.) and literary/ cultural context notes; and major essays of up to 6000 words - historical context essays and literary/ cultural context essays. You can browse a list of these HERE, choosing the appropriate type of entry you wish to see listed.

All Encyclopedia records are accompanied by an information panel to the left, which stores the relevant metadata of the article (dates, domains, activities, genres, places, cultural identities) and offers cross-linking, bibliographic and contextual options. For all Features and Functions available, see section below.

The left panel also contains a section entitled ‘Reader Actions’, which allows users logged in with a personal account to report errors, save articles to their private bookshelves or print the article. All articles can be downloaded as pdf versions; they can be stored in and retrieved from the user’s own personal account pages (MyLE Account).