In addition to its broad array of individually commissioned articles, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia includes articles from special edited collections on select subfields, which are also published as stand-alone printed volumes.
The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature features 290 entries from The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature edited by Jay Parini. Published in 2004, this four-volume set gathers together concise and accessible essays on writers and movements that illuminate the richness of American literature from the 1600s to the present.
In the past four decades, the field of Asian American literary and cultural studies has grown enormously, expanding its areas of inquiry beyond reflection on national identity and citizenship to encompass issues such as transnational and diasporic identities and communities; the workings of imperialism; the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality; and social justice/human rights in a global context.
Latino literature is a vibrant field of study. It is both an “emerging” literature — as evidenced by the production rate of independent presses and more recent inroads made into mainstream publishing houses — and a rich historical one that continues to be documented and recovered in archival and personal collections.
Literary theory is the practice of theoretical, methodological, and sociological reflection that accompanies the reading and interpretation of literary texts; it investigates the conceptual foundations of textual scholarship, the dynamics of textuality, the relations between literary and other texts, and the categories and social conditions through which our engagement with texts is organized.