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A guide to finding critical material about literary works

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When looking for literary criticism related to any of the following topics, either click on these links or scroll down for reference books found on the first floor of Simpson Library:

General Works

Specialized Works

Literary Terms, Themes, Theories, Allusions, and Symbols

Novel Criticism

Poetry Criticism

Short Story Criticism

Drama Criticism

General Criticism by Nationality or Ethnicity

General Works

Critical Survey of Long Fiction
REFB PR 821 .C7 2000

Dictionary of Literary Biography (see also online Dictionary of Literary Biography).
REFB PN 501 .D5x

Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism
REFB PN 86 .E63 1999

A Glossary of Literary Terms
REFB PN 44.5 .A2 2009

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism
REFB PN 81 .J64 2005

Literature and Its Times
REFB PN 50 .L574 1997

Magill's Survey of World Literature
REFB PN 523 .M29 1993

Masterplots: 1,801 Plot Stories and Critical Evaluations of the World's Finest Literature
REFB PN 44 .M33 1996

Reference Guide to World Literature
PN 524 .R44 2003

Specialized Works

Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction
REFB PN 3433.8 .A5X 2004

The Gothic Writers: A Critical and Bibliographical Guide
REFB PN 3435 .G68 2002

Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
REFB PN 3433.5 .B87 2002

Literary Terms, Themes, Theories, Allusions, and Symbols

Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical:  A Thematic Dictionary
REFB PN 43 .A4 1986

The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms
REFB PN 44.5 .M86 2003

A Dictionary of Literary Symbols
REFB PN 56 .S9 F47 1999

Dictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs
REFB PN 43 .D48 1988

A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms
REFB PN 44.5 .Q56 1999

Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism
REFB PN 86 .E63 1999

A Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory
REFB PN 44.5 .H37 1998

A Glossary of Literary Terms
REFB PN 44.5 .A2 2009

A Handbook to Literature
REFB PN 41 .H355 2009

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
REFB PN 81 .J64 2005

Key Terms in Literary Theory
REFB PN 44.5 .K58 2012

Literature and Its Times, 5 vols.
REFB PN 50 .L574 1997

The Longman Dictionary of Literary Terms
REFB PN 44.5 .K46 2006

A Multicultural Dictionary of Literary Terms
REFB PN 41 .C28 1999

Novel Criticism

The Columbia Guide to the Latin American Novel Since 1945
REFB PQ 7082 .N7 W546 2007

Critical Survey of Long Fiction
REFB PR 821 .C7 2000

Facts on File Bibliography of American Fiction, Through 1865, 1866-1918, 1919-1988
REFB PS 379 .B511 / 512

The South Asian Novelists in English: An A-to-Z Guide
REFB PR 9496.2 .S6 S68 2003

Thematic Guide to the American Novel
REFB PS 373 .A33 2002

Poetry Criticism

African American Poets: Lives, Works, and Sources
REFB PS 153 .N5 P48 2002

Contemporary American Ethnic Poets: Lives, Works, Sources
REFB PS 153 .M56 C66 2004

Critical Survey of Poetry
REFB PN 1021 .C7 2003

Facts on File Companion to 20th-Century Poetry
REFB PS 323.5 .F33 2005   

Poetry Criticism
REFB PN 1010 .P62

World Poets
REFB PN 1021 .W67 200

Short Story Criticism

Critical Survey of Short Fiction
REFB PN 3321 .C7

Masterplots II:  Short Story Series
REFB PN 3326 .M27 2004

Short Story Criticism
REFB PN 3373 .S56

Twentieth-Century Short Story Explication
REFB PN 3373 .W325x

Drama Criticism

Black American Playwrights, 1800 to the Present
REFB PS 153.N5 A7

The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama
REFB N 1861 .C65 2007

Critical Survey of Drama
REFB PN 1625 .C68 2003

Modern Spanish Dramatists: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook
REFB PQ 6051 .M53 2002

More Black American Playwrights
REFB PS 153 .N5 A73

Twentieth Century American Drama
REFB PS 350 .T93 2006

General Criticism by Nationality and Ethnicity

African Literature: Overview and Bibliography
REFB PL 8009 .A375 2002

Asian American Literature: Reviews and Criticism of Works by American Writers of Asian Descent
REFB PS 153 .A84 A82 1999

Black Literature Criticism
REFB PS 153 .N5 B556

The Columbia Guide to Asian American Literature Since 1945
REFB PS 153.A84 C65 2006

The Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction
REFB PS 374 .N4 D533 2005

The Columbia Guide to the Latin American Novel Since 1945
REFB PQ 7082 .N7 W546 2007

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature
REFB PS 153 .M56 G74 2005

Hispanic Literature Criticism
REFB PQ 7081 .A1 H573

Jewish American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical and Critical Sourcebook
REFB PS 153 .J4 J48 1994

Literary Cultures of Latin America: A Comparative History
REFB PQ 7081,A1 L525 2004

Multicultural Writers from Antiquity to 1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook
REFB PN 452 .M85 2002

Multicultural Writers Since 1945: An A - Z Guide
REFB PN 452 .M88 2004

The South Asian Novelists in English: An A-to-Z Guide
REFB PR 9496.2 .S6 S68 2003