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Literary Criticism: Criticism Resources

Contains guidelines and resources for writing literary criticism.

Gale Series Titles

    Located In the Reference Section - Call numbers REF 800

It is helpful to know your author's writing time period, nationality, and death date before you start searching

CLC - Contemporary Literary Criticism : authors of various nationalities who have died after 1960 or are still living.
CMLC - Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism :
authors from classical antiquity through 14th century
LC - Literary Criticism :
death dates between 1400 - 1800, all nationalities. Excludes William Shakespeare.
NCLC - Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism :
authors of all nationalities who died between 1800-1899.‚Äč

TCLC - Twentieth Century Literary Criticism : authors of various nationalities who died between 1900-1959.                          

DLB - Dictionary of Literary Biography : biographical and critical information, each volume covers specific topic or time period.
PC - Poetry Criticism :
authors of various nationalities, biographical and critical information.
SSC - Short Story Criticism :
critiques authors of all nationalities and time periods.

Other series: 

Black Literature Criticism

Critical Survey of Long Fiction

Drama for Students

Epics for Students

Literary Movements for Students

Novels for Students

Poetry for Students
Short Stories for Students

World Authors series

Suggested Print Sources

Check Destiny for Literary Criticism Series

Bloom's Literary Themes

Modern Critical Interpretations

The Greenhaven Press Literary Companion

Bloom's Major Novelists

Bloom's Major Poets

Gale Study Guides to Great Literature

Twayne's Masterworks

Twayne's English Authors

Twayne's United States Authors

Twayne's World Authors

Social Issues in Literature

Understanding Great Literature


NoveList Plus

Check NoveList Plus for tone, writing style and themes for your novel.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

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Black Literature Criticism

Critical Overview of Poetry Series

Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature

Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature

Literature and Its Times

Literary Movements for Students

Literary Themes for Students

Drama, Poetry and Short Stories for Students Series

Shakespeare for Students

Useful Databases

Literary Reference Center Tutorial

New Hanover County Public Library Resources

New Hanover County Public Library has several helpful databases that will relate to your literary criticism research.

Located in Literature & The Arts - check under Literature and Writers Resources.

Gale Literary Resources : Primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies. Search across centuries.

Literature Resource Center: Includes scholarly journals, literary magazines, and critical essays. Content covers all genres, disciplines, time periods and countries.

Scribner Writers Online : Provides criticism on American and British writers and Latin American and European writers.

Twayne's Authors Online : Series of literary criticism, on the lives and works of writers, the history and influence of literary movements, and the development of literary genres.

Located in Biography, History & Geneology

Biography in Context : Delivers outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. 

Citing Literary Criticism