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Literary Criticism Pathfinder


The following are reference tools you will find useful in any literary research. Choose the ones that make the most sense for your particular research problem and examine their tables of contents and indexes.


Databases Rock for Lit Crit and Literary Biography!

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For online text and author biography see Rivendell's American Literature, Giacobazzi's American Literature Resources, Brief Timeline of American Literature


Movie Review Portals


Under Catalogs and Databases” in the Virtual Library you will find elibrary, Student Reference Center, ProQuest Historical Newspapers


Subscription Services / Databases
Lit Crit on the Free Web
Book Reviews
General Lit Crit
Movie Reviews
Young Adult
Authors
African American Lit
Characters
Drama
Poetry
Genre
Shakespeare
Short Stories
World



On Our Shelves
  • R 800.9 Mou Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors
  • R 809 Con Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • R 809 Mag Magill’s Survey of World Literature
  • R 809.22 Wor World Literature Criticism
  • R 809.3 Bea Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction
  • R 810.03 Un3 American Writers
  • R 813.008 Nov Novels for Students
  • R 810.9 Mag Magill’s Survey of American Literature
  • R 820.9 Mou Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors
  • R 820.9 Tuc Library of Literary Criticism
  • R 820.9 Twe Twentieth-century Literary Criticism
  • R 820 Nin Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism
  • R 810.9 Mer Literature of World War II



Literary Biography

  • R 809 Lit Literary Lifelines
  • R 809.04 Maj Major 20th Century Writers: A Selection of Sketches from Contemporary Authors
  • R 810.03 Un3 American Writers
  • R 810.9 Mag Magill’s Survey of American Literature
  • R 809 Mag Magill’s Survey of World Literature
  • R 810.9 Mod Modern American Women Writers
  • R 820.9 Mou The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors
  • R 920 Cur Current Biography (also online in Wilson Biographies)
  • R 920 Gal Contemporary Authors
  • R 920 Kun Twentieth Century Authors
  • R 920 Twe Encyclopedia of World Biography
  • R 920.003 Enc Encyclopedia of World Biography
  • R 920.03 Col World Authors, 1975-1980
  • R 920.03 Col World Authors, 1980-1985
  • R 920.03 Col World Authors, 1985-1990
  • R 920.03 Gra Greek and Latin Authors, 800 B.C.- A.D. 1
  • R 920.03 Mag Cyclopedia of World Authors
  • R 920.03 Wak World Authors


  • R 809.88 Bla Black American Women Poets and Dramatists
  • R 810.9 Afr African American Writers
  • R 810.9 Blo Modern Black American Poets and Dramatists
  • R 810.9 Blo Black American Poets and Dramatists
  • R 810.9 Mas Masterpieces of African American Literature in Digest Form
  • R 810.98 Maj Major Modern Black American Writers
  • R 813 Bla Black American Women Fiction Writers
  • R 813.54 Blo Contemporary Black American Fiction Writers
  • R 813.54 Blo Modern Black American Fiction Writers
  • R 818.508 Bla Black American Prose Writers Before the Harlem Renaissance
  • R 818.52 Bla Black American Prose Writers of the Harlem Renaissance


  • R 809.3 Gil Characters in Young Adult Literature
  • R 809.927 Har Characters in 20th Century Literature
  • R 809.927 How Characters in 19th Century Literature
  • R 920.02 Nic People in Books

Drama

  • R 809.2 Dra Drama Criticism
  • R 809.2 McG McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama
  • R 812.008 Dra Drama for Students


  • R 808.1 Poe Poetry for Students
  • R 809.1 Not Notable Poets
  • R 809.1 Poe Poetry Criticism


  • R 808.2 St St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers
  • R 809.3 Bea Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction (for more modern writers!)
  • R 809.387 Blo Classic Crime and Suspense Writers
  • R 809.387 Blo Classic Fantasy Writers
  • R 809.387 Blo Modern Fantasy Writers
  • R 809.387 Blo Classic Mystery Writers
  • R 809.916 Cla Classic Horror Writers
  • R 809.933 Blo Classic Science Fiction Writers
  • R 809.933 Blo Science Fiction Writers of the Golden Age
  • R 920 SCI Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Writers


  • R 822.3 McL Shakespeare’s Characters
  • R 822.3 Sha Shakespeare for Students
  • R 822.3 Sha Shakespeare’s Characters for Students
  • R 822.33 Shakespeare Criticism

See our Shakespeare Links


  • R 809.3 Sho Short Stories for Students
  • R 809.3 Sho Short Story Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers
  • R 813 Wer Facts on File Companion to the American Short Story


  • R 809 Lit Literary Lifelines
  • R 809 Mag Magill’s Survey of World Literature
  • R 809 Pen The Penguin Companion to European Literature
  • R 809.1 Epi Epics for Students
  • R 809.2 McG McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama
  • R 809.22 Wor World Literature Criticism
  • R 809.933 Lit Literature and Its Times
  • R 860.9 Mos World Literature and Its Time V. 1 Latin American Literature and Its Times
  • R 920 Twe Encyclopedia of World Biography
  • R 920 Wei Lifelines
  • R 920.003 Enc Encyclopedia of World Biography
  • R 920.03 Col World Authors, 1975-1980
  • R 920.03 Col World Authors, 1980-1985
  • R 920.03 Col World Authors, 1985-1990
  • R 920.03 Gra Greek and Latin Authors, 800 B.C.- A.D. 1
  • R 920.03 Mag Cyclopedia of World Authors
  • R 920.03 Wak World Authors

For Young People

  • R 809.89 Bin Writers for Children
  • R 809.3 Gil Characters in Young Adult Literature
  • R 810.8 Liv Lives and Works : Young Adult Authors



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