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ENG 200: Critical Reading and Writing About Literature

A guide to basic resources for literary criticism.

Introductory Book Titles

Google Books

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Catalog Search Tips

Most of the available English language and literature materials are assigned call numbers of PN, PR, or PS.

General Literature Subject Headings:
Literature - History and criticism
Literature - History and criticism - Theory
Poetry - History and criticism
Drama - History and criticism
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Interviews
Authors, American--biography
Authors, English--biography
 

Famous authors and book titles can be searched as Subject Headings Also

For particular authors:

[Last name, First name]
Example:      Poe, Edgar Allan

[Last name, First name, dates] -criticism and interpretation
Example:      Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849, -criticism and interpretation

 

For particularly famous titles:

[Last name, First name, dates, title] -
Example:      Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 - Fall of the House of Usher

[Last name, First name, dates, title] -
Example:      Crane, Stephen, 1871-1900. Red Badge of Courage.

Finding Books on Theory

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