English literature is the literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by writers not necessarily from England; for example, Robert Burnswas Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Joseph Conrad was Polish, Dylan Thomas wasWelsh, Edgar Allan Poe was American, V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad, and Vladimir Nabokov was Russian, but all are considered important writers in the history of English literature. In other words, English literature is as diverse as the varieties and dialects of English spoken around the world in countries originally colonized by the British. Inacademia, the term often labels departments and programmes practising English studies in secondary and tertiary educational systems. Despite the variety of authors of English literature, the works of William Shakespeare remain paramount throughout the English-speaking world.