Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should we purchase the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature

The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature provides users with the opportunity to access this key resource in the most convenient manner. It is compiled of individual titles covering key literary genres and periods. Each title is available individually in print, whilst this online version brings them together into one ground-breaking resource, which is easy to access and use.

Part One, published in December 2010, contains over 1,000 entries and comprises The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory, The Encyclopedia of the Novel, and The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Part Two, publishing in December 2011 comprises The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature and The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature.

Features include:

  • Over 1,000 entries in Part One
  • Continuous and immediate 24/7 access to the content
  • An easy and accessible user interface
  • Powerful searching and browsing capabilities
  • Image galleries
  • A new Part published each year with extensive new content, so your collection continues to grow
  • Annual updates with extensive new content
  • Entries print in a clean, easy-to-read format, which includes citation, cross-references, and suggestions for further reading
  • All entries are classified by key topic, subject, place, people, and period. This classification system makes it easy for users to find entries on related themes and topics, and/or entries that concern a specific place, person or time period
  • Sources cited in the text are hyperlinked to bibliographic references, which appear at the end of each entry
  • Cross-references that appear both in the text of the entry and at the end of the entry are hyperlinked to corresponding entries for ease of navigation
  • Wiley-Blackwell waives copyright costs for reproduction for personal and student course use with an institutional subscription

How do I purchase the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature for my institution?

The online version is available as a one-time purchase direct from Wiley-Blackwell or via your suppliers. Pricing depends on institution size (FTE). Tailored prices are available from the institutional sales team, for a quote contact onlinelibrarysales@wiley.com or see the Ordering page for more information.

How much is the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature?

Pricing is based on institutional size and type. Please ask your librarian to contact us for a quote. We will require the following 4 pieces of information:

  • The name of your institution
  • Your full institutional address and contact details
  • The type of institution (e.g University, 4 year college, 2 year college, public library, government or corporate school)
  • Size (e.g. FTE enrolment, population served, or number of employees)

How do I purchase print copies of The Encyclopedia of the Novel, The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, or The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory for my institution?

Please speak to your librarian, who will be able to order the Encyclopedia directly through Wiley-Blackwell or through their library supplier. Visit our ordering page to find out more. Please remember that because of their budgets, your librarian will need as much advance notice as possible.

Can I buy The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory, The Encyclopedia of the Novel, or The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction individually online?

No. Online, The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory, The Encyclopedia of the Novel, and The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction are only available as Part One of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature and cannot be purchased separately.

How much content is there?

The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature is published in parts, with a new part published each year, so your collection continues to grow. Part One, published in December 2010, contains over 1,000 entries and comprises The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory, The Encyclopedia of the Novel, and The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction.

The Encyclopedia of the Novel is arranged in A-Z format and comprises over 150 articles of 500-7,000 words. View a full list of entries.

The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction covers British and Irish Fiction, American Fiction, and World Fiction, with over 500 entries of between 1000-3,000 words. View a full list of entries.

The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory covers Literary Theory from 1900 to 1966, Literary Theory from 1966 to the Present, and Cultural Theory in over 300 entries of 1,000-7,000 words. View a full list of entries.

Part Two, publishing in December 2011 comprises The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature and The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature.

Further titles covering various fields of literature and literary studies will be available as and when they are published. Forthcoming titles include:

  • The Encyclopedia of the Gothic,
  • The Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Literature, and
  • The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies.

For more information on these titles and others, please contact Emma Bennett, Publisher

Who is it aimed at?

This comprehensive reference resource will be of enduring value to all instructors, students, practitioners, and researchers in literature and related disciplines.

Individual entries might be useful to include on class reading lists, providing students with a foundational knowledge of a topic before a lecture, and the further reading suggestions will be helpful in both creating reading lists for classes, and for the researcher, in continuing their study of the topic.

Can we have a trial of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature?

Yes! We will be happy to arrange a 30-day free trial. Please contact us to arrange this.

How is access controlled?

The standard options are available including IP address recognition, library cards, referring URL, and username and password for remote users. If you require further options, please contact us.

Is there a limit to the number of concurrent users?

Institutional access is unlimited.

What should I do if I have technical difficulties, or if I still have questions?

Please use this form if you are experiencing technical difficulties. For questions, please contact your Wiley-Blackwell Account Manager or libraryinfo@wiley.com

What do I keep if I decide in the future to cancel my subscription?

If in the unlikely event you do wish to cancel your access, you will have the option to request a version for local hosting

What are your copyright terms for copying/coursepacks?

We waive copyright costs for personal and student course use.

Can users personalize content?

Users can easily add entries to their social bookmarking tools.

Is the Encyclopedia cross-linked with other resources on Blackwell Reference Online (BRO) or other platforms?

The Encyclopedia is housed on a micro-site of Blackwell Reference Online.  If the Institution that purchases the Encyclopedia also subscribes to BRO, then the content of the Encyclopedia will be fully integrated into the BRO interface. 

The entries do not cross-reference other resources on BRO.  However, each entry is classified according to the same 5-facet classification system applied to all BRO content (subject, key topic, place, people, period) and IS searchable along with the full BRO library purchased/subscribed to by the institution.

If the institution purchasing the online edition of the Encyclopedia also subscribes to BRO, they will enjoy a full range of library services to enable its seamless integration into the institution’s library:

  • Institutional usage reports compliant with the COUNTER Code of Practice for Books and Reference Works and ICOLC stands are provided.
  • Unlimited access through IP recognition, username/password, referring URL and Athens.
  • MARC records available to download
  • DOIs at book and chapter/entry level ensure permanent URLs for easy upload into the library’s OPAC system
  • Open URL technology is supported.
  • Institutions can also add their own institutional branding to the site



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