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English Department

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Literary Criticism Tools

General Print Resources

Contemporary Literary Criticism (REF 809.04 C761)
20th Century Literary Criticism (authors who died before 1960)(REF 809.04 Twe)
Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism (REF 809.04 NIN)
Contemporary Authors (REF 920 C761)
American Writers (REF 810.9 A512)
British Writers (REF 820.9 B862)
Survey of Contemporary Literature (1954-1976) (REF 809 M194m)
Magill's Literary Annual (1976-1981) (REF 809 M194m)
Masterplots (REF 808.8 M194m)
Masterplots - Non-fiction series, 1989 (REF 809 M423n)
Moulton's Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors Through the Beginning of the Twentieth Century (REF 809 T893m)

Long Fiction

Critical Survey of Long Fiction, 1991 (REF 809.3 C934)
Masterplots-World Fiction Series, 1987 (REF 809.3 M423w)
Masterplots-American Fiction Series, 1986 (REF 809.3 M423w)

Short Fiction

Critical Survey of Short Fiction, 1993 (REF 809.3 C934sh)
Masterplots-Short Story Series, 1986 (REF 809.3 M423s)
Great American short stories (813.010805 G786)
Best English short stories (823.01 B561)


American Poetry - Dewey call number 811
English Poetry - Dewey call number 821

  1. The Norton Anthology of Poetry (821.008 N882)
  2. The Norton Anthology of Modern American Poetry (821.008 ELL)
  3. American Poetry: the Nineteenth Century (811.308 A512)
  4. The Major Poets: English and American (821.008 Cof)
  5. Chief Modern Poets of Britain and America (821.908 S215)
  6. The World's best poetry for children (808.81 W927)

Critical survey of poetry, 1992 (REF 809.1 C934c)
Poetry. Indexed online in General Reference Center Gold (MeL).
Poetry indexes (Index tables)
Michigan Quarterly Review. Indexed in Wilson Select (MeL).
Field. A biannual journal of contemporary poetry and poetics. No index available.

Historical Fiction

America in Historical Fiction (REF 016.813 V262)


Critical Survey of Drama, 1985 (REF 809.2 C934)
Drama Criticism, (REF 809.2 D763)
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama, 1972 (REF 809.2 M147)
Masterplots-Drama Series, 1990 (REF 809.2 M423)


  • Literature Resource Center
  • The Reader's Advisor (REF 011 R286) - Gives an overview of the world's great literature. Volume one is devoted to British and American poetry and fiction.

GCC's online library catalog using the following search methods:
Library of Congress Subject Headings

  1. Literature--History and criticism
  2. English literature--History and criticism
  3. American literature--History and criticism

Author's name. For example:

  1. Subject search: Dickens Charles (for works about the author)
  2. Author search: Dickens Charles (for works written by the author)


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