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Criticism is the interpretation (what does it mean?) and/or evaluation (is it good or bad?) of literature.

Recommended Databases for Literature and Criticis

Bloom's Literature 

Literature Resource Center

EBSCO eBook Collection


Literary Reference Center

Project MUSE


Recommended Web Sites for finding Literary Criticism

 About.com: Classic Literature                           http://classiclit.about.com/
 Literary Resources on the Net  http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Lit/
 Internet Public Library: Lit. Criticism  http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/
 Voice of the Shuttle: Literature  http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=3
 Perspectives in American Literature  http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/TABLE.HTML

Find Literary Criticism in the Library Catalog

To find literary criticism of a particular author or work in the library catalog, go to http://www.lonestar.edu/library/ and click on Library Catalog. Then, in the Keyword Anywhere search box, type the name of the author and/or the title of the work and add the word criticism.

Here is an example:



These lists represent a selection of resources in the LSC-Tomball Community Library collection

Literary Biography

World Authors REF PN 451 .W676
 European Writers  REF PN 501 .E9
 British Writers  REF PR 85 .B688
 American Writers  REF PS 129 .A55
 Southern Writers  REF PS 261 .S595
 Science Fiction Writers  REF PS 374 .S35 S36
 Latin American Writers  REF PQ 7081 .A1 L37
 Latino/Latina Writers  REF PS 153 .H56 L39

Literary Criticism by Time Period

Literature and its Times
PN 50 .L574
World Literature and Its Times
PN 50 .M625
Encyclopedia of World Literature in 20th Century
REF PN 71 .E5
Encyclopedia of American Poetry: 19th Century
REF PS 316 .E53 1998
Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome
REF PA 3002 .A5 1982

Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800 (LC)
REF PN 86 .L53
Classical and Medieval Criticism (CMC)
REF PN 610 .C53

Twentieth Century American Literature

REF PS 221 .T834


Literary Criticism by Genre

Poetry for Students

REF 808.1 Poe
Poetry Criticism
REF 810.31 Sho
Short Stories for Students
REF 810.31 Sho
Short Story Criticism
REF PN 3335 .S5
Drama Criticism
REF PN 1601 .D59
Drama for Students
REF 808.2 Dra
Epics for Students
REF 809.132 Epi
Novels for Students
REF 810.2 Sho

Specialized Literary Criticism

Shakespeare for Students REF 822.33 Sha
Shakespearean Criticism
REF PR 2965 .S43
Encyclopedia of Feminist Literary Theory
REF PN 98 .W64 E53
Hispanic Literature Criticism
REF PQ 7081 .A1 H573
Encyclopedia of Gothic Literature
REF 809.911 Sno

Books and Websites to Aid in Writing About Literature

Literature and the Writing Process
PE 1417 .M45 2011

Writing About Literature
PE 1479 .C7 G36 2009

Writing Tips-Literature Papers

Writing in Literature (Purdue)

  Reference: 832.559.4211
Circulation: 832.559.4206


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