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Literature and philology in the Encyclopaedia Britannica ninth edition
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English. (English Literature)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1917-4882
2013 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
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Beginning in the eighteenth century the national encyclopædias of Europe each participate in the securing distinct identities for both a national canon and the study of the national literature. By the second half of the nineteenth century in Britain literary criticism and the study of literature was taking on new forms as criticism became institutionalized in universities. The study of ‘English literature’ specifically takes on distinct forms in late Victorian Britain as philologists and literary critics compete to define themselves and to secure their authority both institutionally and in the national imaginary. This paper argues that the encyclopædia as a form was a significant site where these developments are visible and explores the function of criticism at that time as displayed in contributions and controversies in the ninth edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica ninth edition.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-279242OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-279242DiVA: diva2:907728
Twelfth Nordic conference for English Studies
Available from: 2016-02-29 Created: 2016-02-29 Last updated: 2016-02-29

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