The Gale Literary Criticism Series are shelved in the reference collection on the main floor. There is an index shelved with the books or you can use this online book index: Gale Literary Index
What is literary criticism?
Literary criticism is the evaluation, analysis, description, or interpretation of literary works. It is usually in the form of a critical essay, but in-depth book reviews can sometimes be considered literary criticism. Criticism may examine a particular literary work, or may look at an author's writings as a whole.
Adapted from the Internet Public Library-Literary Criticism http://www.ipl.org/div/pf/entry/48496
How do I find books on literary criticism?
When searching for books in the library catalog, you can do a keyword search, but you may aso do a subject search. Subject searches look for the Library of Congress Subject Headings assigned to a particular book. These headings help you find books which are specifically about your topic.
In the catalog, you can simply do a subject search for your author's name, and then browse a list of headings which begin with that name. Good subject headings for literary criticism often include the words "criticism and interpretation." Some examples of useful subject headings for literary criticism might be:
Or, try a keyword search for the author's name and the word "criticism" ---Toni Morrison AND criticism
If you are looking for books by an author, try an author search and type in the name of the author, last name, first name--Morrison, Toni
Critical Insights is a series of single volumes each focusing on a particular author or a literary work. Keyword search the AU library catalog using the phrase Critical Insights and the name of the author or title of the work. (Critical Insights AND Streetcar Named Desire) The series is accessed electronically through the database, Literary Reference Center (EBSCO).
Current volumes (more wil be added):
|Nathaniel Hawthorne||A Streetcar Named Desire|
|Robert Frost||The Great Gatsby|
|T S Eliot||The Handmaids Tale|
|Toni Morrison||The Joy Luck Club|
|Barbara Kingsolver||The Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe|
|Benjamin Franklin||To Kill A Mockingbird|
|Ernest Hemingway||Death Of A Salesman|
|Gabriel Garcia Marquez||Dracula|
|Gwendolyn Brooks||Great Expectations|
|Jane Austen||I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings|
These journals typically include criticism.