February 24, 2017

Cornell College Professor of English Katy Stavreva has edited two series of ebooks for use in introductory college courses to introduce the field of British Literature. The series are published online by Gale Researcher (Cengage Learning), a digital platform that provides media-rich scholarly introductions to core topics in disciplines ranging from British and American Literature to Economics and Philosophy. Stavreva is playing a key role in developing this new research platform with Gale, a company that has partnered with libraries around the world. The platform is designed to help students develop critical thinking and research skills, to inspire intellectual curiosity, and to strengthen librarian and faculty collaboration.  

The first series edited by Stavreva, “Major Authors and Movements in British Literature,” charts the multilingual and multicultural strands in the history of British literature—from its oral origins in Anglo-Saxon and Celtic elegiac and heroic poetry to the contemplative, politically engaged, multivoiced, and multimedia literature of the twenty-first century.

Her second series, “Major Genres, Forms, and Media in British Literature,” begins with a consideration of the openness of British literature in terms of languages, regional, national, and racial identity. It ends by foregrounding the openness and malleability of approaches to literary…