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English 199: Introduction to the Study of Literature

Context

Reading a literary work set in an unfamiliar time period or location? Reference works can help provide a brief introduction to countries, their history, and even to specific historical events. Knowing its context can bring an added layer of meaning to a literary work.

Background information on authors, their lives and works

Literary terms and concepts

The English language past and present

The English language has changed over time. Words we use today may have meant something quite different in Medieval or Early Modern times, or may not have been introduced into the English language until much later.  Some words that were used frequently in the past are no longer used today. Specialized dictionaries can help you navigate the range of words and their changing meanings over time.

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