Research Guides: Literary Criticism

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Bloom's Literature Restricted Resource Some full text available
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  • Publications include Facts on File's Companions to Literature, various literary encyclopedias, Harold Bloom's works of critical analysis and writing strategies, and many more
  • Facts on File search interface

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  • Literature
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  • Covers 20th & 21st century authors

Literary Reference Center Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Literature
  • Biographies, Literacy Criticism, Book Reviews, Poems, Short Stories, E-books
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  • Publications include Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature, Beacham's Research Guide to Biography and Criticism (six volumes), The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, and many more
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  • Literature
  • Literary Criticism, Scholarly Journals, Biographies, Magazines, Encyclopedias, Book Reviews
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  • Publications include Contemporary Authors Online, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, Dictionary of Literary Biography Online, and many more

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Encyclopedias

African American Writers
Print Location: PS153.N5 A344 2001
Reference Collection
American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies
Print Location: PS129 .A55
Reference Collection
British Writers
Print Location: PR85 .B688
Reference Collection
Classical and Medieval Literary Criticism
Print Location: PN681.5 .C57
Reference Collection
Contemporary American Ethnic Poets: Lives, Works, Sources
Print Location: PS153 .M56 C66 2004
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Contemporary Literary Criticism
Print Location: PN771.C59
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Contemporary Poets
Print Location: PR603 .C6 1985
Reference Collection
Critical Perspectives on Native American Fiction
Print Location: PS153 .I52 C75 1993
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Critical Survey of Drama: English Language Series
Print Location: PR623 .C75 1985
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6 vols.
Critical Survey of Drama: Foreign Language Series
Print Location: PN1625 .C74 1986
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6 vols.
Critical Survey of Long Fiction
Print Location: PR821 .C7 2000

Critical Survey of Long Fiction: English Language Series
Print Location: PR821 .C7 1983

Critical Survey of Poetry
Print Location: PR502 .C85
Reference Collection
Drama Criticism: Criticism of the Most Significant and Widely Studied Dramatic Works from All the World's Literatures
Print Location: PN1625 .D72
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Multi-volume
European Writers
Print Location: PN501.E9
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Feminist Writers
Print Location: Z5304 .A8 F46 1996
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Gay & Lesbian Literature
Print Location: PN56 .H57 G36 1994
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Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage
Print Location: PN56 .H57 G365 1995
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Hispanic Literature Criticism
Print Location: PQ7081 .A1H573 1994
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Hispanic Literature of the United States
Print Location: PS153 .H56 K36 2003
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Masterplots II: Poetry Series
Print Location: PN1110.5 .M37
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Masterplots II: Short Story Series
Print Location: PN3326 .M27 1986
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Masterplots: 2010 Plot Stories and Essay Reviews
Print Location: PN44 .M33
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Modern American Women Writers
Print Location: PS151 .M54

Modern Latin American Literature
Print Location: PQ7081 .F63 1975

Modern Spanish American Poets
Print Location: PS21 .D56
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Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism
Print Location: PN761 .N5
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Oxford Companion to African American Literature
Print Location: PS153.N5 O96 1997

Poetry Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of the Most Significant and Widely Studied Poets of World Literature
Print Location: PN1010 .P499
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Poets of Great Britain and Ireland since 1960
Print Location: PS21 .D56
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Poets of Great Britain and Ireland, 1945-1960
Print Location: PS21 .D56
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Shakespearean Criticism
Print Location: PR2965 .S43
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Short Story Criticism
Print Location: PN3321 .S5
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Social Impact of the Novel
Print Location: PN3344 .J64 2002

Twentieth Century Literary Criticism
Print Location: PN771 .G27
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World Literature and Its Times: African Literature and Its Times
Print Location: PN 50 .M625
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World Literature and Its Times: British and Irish Literature and Its Times
Print Location: PN50 .M625
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World Literature and Its Times: Latin American Literature and Its Times
Print Location: PN50 .M625
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World Literature Since 1945: Critical Surveys of the Contemporary Literatures of Europe and the Americas
Print Location: PN771 .I9

Dictionaries

Poet's Dictionary: A Handbook of Prosody and Poetic Devices
Print Location: PN44.5 .P3 1989

Handbooks & Guides

Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry in Anthologies
Print Location: PN1022 .H39 2007
Reference Collection
Granger's Index to Poetry
Print Location: PN1022 .G7
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Websites

American Transcendentalism Web
Source: American Transcendentalism Web
This site includes author biographies, critical essays, links to websites, and other resources all related to the American Transcendentalists, including Thoreau, Emerson, and Whitman
IPL: Literature
Source: Internet Public Library
A collection of links to online literature resources. Subcategories include Authors, Literature by Time Period, and Criticism
Library of Congress: Poetry Resources Some full text available Resource contains audio
Source: Library of Congress
A comprehensive guide to locating poetry resources available on the Library of Congress`s Web site
Literary History Some full text available
Source: Donna Jan Pridmore, Editor/Publisher
Links to literary criticism on 19th and 20th century English and American literature. All articles are freely available on the Internet
Literary Resources on the Net
Source: Jack Lynch, Acting Senior Associate Dean of Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
Maintained by Jack Lynch, Rutgers -- a collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature
Locating Criticism of Individual Poems Some full text available
Source: Library of Congress
Finding criticism of individual poems can be tedious and time-consuming without knowing the proper resources to check. This guide suggests some of the major resources available at the Library of Congress that patrons can use to locate scholarly criticism about a poem.
Mark Twain in His Times
Source: The Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia
An “interpretive archive” Mark Twain and how his works reflect and represent his times. Includes manuscripts, reviews, articles, images, and more.
Modern American Poetry Site Some full text available
Source: Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Modern American Poetry Site is a comprehensive learning environment and scholarly forum for the study of modern and contemporary American poetry. This online journal and companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry includes poet biographies, historical background, and analyses of poems, and is published by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet Some full text available
Source: Terry A. Gray
An annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on the Internet, with a focus on sites that are useful for students. The “Criticism” section provides links to Shakespearean criticism available on the Internet
Poe Museum
Source: The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe
Focuses on Poe’s life in Richmond, Virginia using pictures, relics and verse. Use the Educational Resources tab and select Poe Links for a list of links to websites about Poe’s life and works.
Poetics, Poetry Tools & Poetry Criticism
Source: About.com
A search tool for articles on poetics, poetry schools & techniques, poetic analysis & criticism, plus links to online tools for poets, lit crit journals & essays on poetry
Representative Poetry Online Some full text available
Source: Department of English, University of Toronto
Representative Poetry Online, edition 6.0, is a web anthology of 4,800 poems in English and French by over 700 poets spanning 1400 years.
Voice of the Shuttle
Source: Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara
A large database of Internet sites related to the humanities. Literature links include English, American, Modern and Contemporary, Renaissance, Restoration, and Romantics
Voices from the Gaps
Source: University of Minnesota
Focuses on the literary works of women of color in North America. Includes biographical and critical analysis, sound, film, and image collections, and interviews.
Yahoo! Humanities/Literature
Source: Yahoo!
Browse websites grouped by category or search within the Literature Directory for sites specifically related to literature
Yahoo! Short Stories
Source: Yahoo!
Browse short story websites grouped by category or search within the Directory for sites specifically related to literature
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